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Sacrilege and redemption in Renaissance Florence : the case of Antonio Rinaldeschi
(2008)
  • William J. Connell
  • Giles Constable
Abstract
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 Savonarola’s followers of a new religious devotion in the heart of the city commemorating the event.
Keywords
  • Renaissance,
  • Florence,
  • Italy,
  • Antonio Rinaldeschi
Disciplines
Publication Date
2008
Publisher
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
Series
Essays and studies
Citation Information
William J. Connell and Giles Constable. Sacrilege and redemption in Renaissance Florence : the case of Antonio Rinaldeschi. 2nd revisedToronto(2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william-connell/5/