Solemn Mass of the Dead

Book Title: Sacrarvm caeremoniarvm sive Ritvvm ecclesiasticorvm S. Rom. ecclesiae. : libri tres

Author: Patrizi Piccolomini, Agostino, ca. 1435-1496

Image Title: Solemn Mass of the Dead

Description: This engraving illustrates a rite performed after the death of certain people in public positions of authority such as cardinals, bishops and rulers. Five bishops stand around the bier, one at each corner and one at the head. An acolyte stands at the feet of the dead bishop with the processional cross, while a series of prayers are said. The image is flanked by a border containing angels, or putti, suspended over the heads of soldiers.

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