The Art of Executing Well

The Art of Executing Well

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This volume focuses on a feature of executions that was unique to Renaissance Italy: the presence in prisons and on scaffolds of laymen, gathered in confraternities called qconforterie, q who worked with prisoners to prepare them spiritually and psychologically for execution. The book includes both primary sources and a series of essays that expand on the theatrical, artistic, theological, musical, and historical contexts of comforting.One of the earliest Bolognese depictions, from a fifteenthcentury copy of the Comfortersa#39; Manual, shows a comforter holding a tavoletta with both hands. It is rather large and lacks a handle, yet the brother directs the eyes of the convicted prisoner towards it (fig. 9).32 The two ... 33 Tumidei (Italies), well informed on their use, limits himself to judging them as Bolognese works of art from 1360. Rave (FrA¼heanbsp;...

Title:The Art of Executing Well
Author:Nicholas Terpstra
Publisher:Truman State Univ Press - 2008


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