Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence: The Case of Antonio Rinaldeschi
William J. Connell, Giles Constable, Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2005 - Florence (Italy) - 125 pages
In Florence, in the summer of 1501, a man named Antonio Rinaldeschi was arrested and hanged after throwing horse dung at an outdoor painting of the Virgin Mary. His punishment was severe, even for the times, and the crimes with which he was formally charged, gambling, blasphemy and attempted suicide, did not normally warrant the death penalty. Sacrilege and Redemption in Renaissance Florence unveils a series of newly discovered sources concerning this striking episode. The authors show how the political and religious context of Renaissance Florence resulted both in Rinaldeschi's death sentence and in the creation by the followers of Savonarola of a new religious devotion, in the heart of the city, commemorating the event. -- Amazon.com.
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List of Illustrations
A Note on Chronology
The Nature of the Offence
The Context of Florentine History
Appendix of Documents
21 July account book Alfonso the Wise anno Annunciate Annunziata Antonio Rinaldeschi Appendix as Document Archivio arrest attempted suicide Baccio d'Agnolo Badia Tedalda Banc Bargello Bibbona Biblioteca blasphemy Cantigas de Santa century chapel Chiesa della Madonna church circa codex common coinage condemned death detto devotion diadem Diario dicte dictum Eight for Security elected execution Figure Filippo Dolciati fiorentino Firenze Florentine fresco fuit gambler gambling Giovanni Rinaldeschi Girolamo Benivieni Girolamo Savonarola gold florins hanged holy ibid Italian kill Landucci libro lire Luca Landucci Machiavelli Madonna Marco Maria degli Alberighi Medici miracle Museo Notizie Nunziata offence opera oratory Otto Palace panel piazza Pier Soderini Piero Pistoia Podesta Polizzotto popular predella priorista punished quod records religious Renaissance Renaissance Florence Ricci Rinal Saint San Miniato Santa Maria Alberighi sentence September 1501 Soderini Stato Stefano Buonsignori Stibbert painting Tempio Virgin Mary vols Zorzi