1716 · Roma
Tapestries by Raphael and music by Scarlatti
This narrative describes the ceremony held in the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome on May 18, 1716as part of the elaborate ritual of beatification for Jean-Francois Regis, a Jesuit minister (b. 31January 1597 in the village of Fontcouverte [department of Aude]-d. at la Louvesc, 30December 1640). Regis spent most of his life in the missions of assistance to the poor, and workedparticularly for the conversion of the Huguenots. He was preparing to embark on a mission toCanada when he died during the harsh winter of 1640. The canonization was completed in 1727.The description covers the decorations of the facade and interior of church, as well as religiouscostumes worn. Special large medallions of the Regis were also hung, and a painting of him byDomenico Maria Muratori [1661-1744]. Also described in this short pamphlet are details of thearrangement and placement of attendees.
Relazione mentions the music composed by Domenico Scarlatti and the tapestries created by Raphael of Urbino. Featured were four choirs of the best and most renowned musicians of Rome, distributed in two great banks, also nobly adorned with fine tapestries, from where during both Mass and Vesperes were heard new compositions made for the event by Domenico Scarlatti [1685-1757] most worthy Maestro di Cappella of St. Peter...the composer and friend of Handel.
Decorations included superb tapestries of the famous Raphel of Urbino hung in a well-orderedsymmetry. These are the tapestries made originally for the Sisteen Chapel. Reference: Not in Watanabe-O'Kelly. OCLC: No North American locations. (Inventory #: 983837)