1716 · Roma
Relazione Della Sagra Cerimonia, Con Cui Nella Basilica Di S. Pietro Si Dichiaro Ascritto Al Catalogo De' Beati Su In Cielo Il Servo Di Dio Gian Francesco Regis Sacerdote Della Compagnia Di Gesu. Roma: Per Giorgio Placho, 1716. One edition of this description, although an issue was printed in Bologna by Carlo Alessio, e Clemente Maria fratelli Sassi (1716). 4to, modern wrappers. pp.
This narrative describes the elaborate ceremony held in the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome on May 18, 1716 as part of the elaborate ritual of beatification for Jean-Francois Regis, a Jesuit minister (b. 31 January 1597 in the village of Fontcouverte [department of Aude]-d. at la Louvesc, 30 December 1640). He spent most of his life in the missions of assistance to the poor, and worked particularly for the conversion of the Huguenots. He was preparing to embark on a mission to Canada when he died during the harsh winter of 1640. The canonization was completed in 1727.
Relazione mentions the music composed by Domenico Scarlatti and the tapestries created by Raphael of Urbino. The description covers the decorations of the facade and interior of church, as well as religious costumes worn. Featured were Afour 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. Decorations included superb tapestries of the famous Raphel of Urbino hung in a well-ordered symmetry. Special large medallions of the Regis were also hung, and a painting of him by Domenico Maria Muratori [1661-1744]." Also described in this short pamphlet are details of the arrangement, costumes, decoration, and placement of attendees.
Reference: Not in Watanabe-O'Kelly. OCLC: No North American locations. (Inventory #: 1097)