35 etchings painted in with watercolour and touched up by hand, depicting the solemn Vatican Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi) procession at the time of Pope Gregory XVI.
A timless ritual
The subject of the work is the feast of Corpus Domini. By far the most solemn rite in Rome and its surrounding region since 1264, the celebration was made official by Urban IV, who decreed it was to be held on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
The original plates were engraved by Salvatore Busuttil (born on Gozo, Malta, 1798) and published in 1839. This splendid valuable colourful panorama of the religious rite is thus a unique socio-historical document. Busuttil skilfully conveys the details, nuances and impressions in small genre scenes in which a varigated humanity, dressed up in the finery of the time, forms the contingent and popular background to a timeless solemn rituality.