Corpus Domini Solemn Procession

Corpus Domini Solemn Procession

Rome (Italy) — 1837

All Rome on its feet: the wonderful panorama of a magnificent procession led by Pope Gregory XVI

  1. This 19th century work presents one of Rome’s grandest events: the procession of the Corpus Domini

  2. It depicts the 1837 procession of Pope Gregory XVI (1765–1846) on 35 folded pages measuring 14 meters

  3. The panorama consists of 35 masterful etchings by the gifted graphic artist Salvatore Busuttil (1798–1854)

Corpus Domini Solemn Procession

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Corpus Domini Solemn Procession

This exceptional 19th century work presents one of Rome’s most important liturgical feast days: the procession of the Corpus Domini. In the year 1837, under Pope Gregory XVI, this tradition began as it had for centuries with an impressive march and was recorded by the Italian artist Salvatore Busuttil in detailed graphics. 35 folded pages – opening up to 14 meters in length – brings a panorama of this holiday splendor before the eyes of the beholder in gorgeously-colored imagery!

Corpus Domini Solemn Procession

This exceptional 19th century work presents one of Rome’s most important liturgical feast days: the procession of the Corpus Domini. In the year 1837, under Pope Gregory XVI, this tradition began as it had for centuries with an impressive march and was recorded by the Italian artist Salvatore Busuttil in detailed graphics. 35 folded pages – opening up to 14 meters in length – brings a panorama of this holiday splendor before the eyes of the beholder in gorgeously-colored imagery!

The Pope and his Entourage in Splendor

Archways splendidly adorned with garlands line the streets on which the procession moves past. Soldiers of the Swiss Guard flank a long procession of ecclesiastical dignitaries and other clerics such as monks, cardinals, and altar boys in addition to Pope Gregory XVI (1765–1846) in their midst with his entourage. They carry splendid monstrances and crosses and present themselves richly clad. Groups of awestruck and amazed spectators stand at the margins as spectators. Everything radiates with a festive mood!

A Significant Cultural Historical Testimonial

This panorama of an important Roman feast day: the procession of the Corpus Domini by St. Peter’s, unfolds on 35 pages. This exceptional work is titled La solenne processione vaticana del Corpus Domini al tempo di Gregorio XVI. Salvatore Busuttil (1798–1854), an Italian artist who known above all for his graphics, completed the 35 detailed etchings of the procession in the year 1837. Gorgeously painted in watercolors and measuring 40 x 30 cm when open, these offer a magnificent, 14 meter long panorama of the festive procession. One of the most important religious rites in Rome in a wonderfully graphic testimonial!

Codicology

Alternative Titles
La Solenne Processione del Corpus Domini
Una processione romana
Solemn Procession of Corpus Christi
Feierliche Fronleichnamsprozession
Size / Format
70 pages / 40.5 × 30.5 cm (total length: 14 meters)
Origin
Italy
Date
1837
Language
Illustrations
35 etchings painted in with watercolors
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Corpus Domini Solemn Procession – Biblioteca Casanatense (Rome, Italy)
Vallecchi – Florence, 2000
Limited Edition: 450 copies
Detail Picture

Corpus Domini Solemn Procession

Watching the Cavalry on Parade

Cavalrymen in magnificent uniforms with red jackets trimmed in gold braid, hats with white plumes of feathers, and mounted on splendid steeds with blue and gold caparisons ride by two Roman women and their four children. The girls are dressed in the same manner as the women with colorful yet conservative dresses and white head coverings. Meanwhile, the boys are dressed in hats with knee-length breeches, one casually has his shirt half-open while the other wears a green vest and a blue jacket.

La Solenne Processione del Corpus Domini
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Corpus Domini Solemn Procession

Pope Gregory XVI and Entourage

Born Bartolomeo Alberto Cappellari, Pope Gregory XVI was elected to the throne of St. Peter in 1831 and reigned until his death in 1846. His legacy is that of a conservative and traditionalist who sought to strengthen the religious and political authority of the papacy while also condemning the slave trade. Grand processions such as this served to glorify the monarchical power of the papacy that he defended so vigorously.

Surrounded by the armed and armored soldiers of the Swiss Guard as well as various princes of the Church, Gregory XVI is wrapped in a white cloak trimmed with cloth of gold as he is carried on a litter while kneeling. He is flanked by two men carrying flabella or large fans made of white ostrich feathers.

La Solenne Processione del Corpus Domini
Facsimile Editions

#1 La Solenne Processione del Corpus Domini

Vallecchi – Florence, 2000
Corpus Domini Solemn Procession – Biblioteca Casanatense (Rome, Italy)
Corpus Domini Solemn Procession – Biblioteca Casanatense (Rome, Italy) Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: Vallecchi – Florence, 2000
Limited Edition: 450 copies
Binding: Linen covered case with gold decoration
Commentary: 1 volume by Anna Vicini Mastrangeli
Languages: English, Italian
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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