The Public Expulsion of Penitents from the Church on Ash Wednesday

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

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

Image Title: The Public Expulsion of Penitents from the Church on Ash Wednesday

Description: This engraving is the last of three illustrating the public expulsion of penitents from the community of the church on Ash Wednesday. After listening to a sermon by the bishop on the expulsion of Adam from paradise, the exemplar for their own expulsion, the penitents, wearing hair shirts, carrying candles, and weeping, are ejected from the church. The image is flanked by a border containing angels, or putti, holding flowers.

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