12 June 2009
PALERMO 1686 -- GIUDICE, Michele del. Palermo magnifico nel trionfo dell' anno MD.C.LXXXVI. Rinovando le feste dell' Inventione della Gloriosa sua Cittadina S. Rosalia. Palermo: Tomaso Rummulo, 1686.
2o (282 x 198 mm). Etched additional title by GRANO, 5 folding etched plates after PAOLO AMATO. Contemporary limp vellum. Provenance: Baron Horace Landau (bookplate); Giannalisa Feltrinelli (bookplate; her sale, part III, Christie's London, 3 December 1997, lot 293).
A FINE UNSOPHISTICATED COPY. The plates include a depiction of the carriage carrying the statue (and relics?) of Saint Rosalia pulled by elephants, bears and lions. Rosalia is particularly venerated in Palermo, after being credited with halting the plague epidemic of 1624-5. Her remains were found encased in a stalagmite in a cave on Monte Pellegrino and were moved to Palermo. On 22 January 1625 the bones were solemnly exposed and the plague ceased. The plate of the main altar in the cathedral is of particular interest in that it represents a map of the city itself. An analysis of this map in relation to other seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century maps of Palermo reveals that it was unusually up-to-date and accurate as a representation of the city at that date. G. Isgrò Feste Barocche a Palermo pp. 71-89 and p. 208.
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