Excommunication and Absolution

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

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

Image Title: Excommunication and Absolution

Description: This engraving illustrates the rite of solemn excommunication. The bishop sits surrounded by twelve priests in a public place, each with a lit candle in his hand. The bishop then pronounces the anathema against the one to be excommunicated, after which all strike out their candles against the ground. The image is flanked by a border containing angels, or putti.

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