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Representational strategies of inclusion and exclusion in José del Olmo's narrative and Francisco Rizi's visual record of the Madrid auto de fe of 1680

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posted on 06.06.2012, 13:10 by Helen E. Rawlings
The auto de fe — the symbolic enactment of the Spanish Inquisition's religious, judicial, and political authority — conveyed its function essentially via representational means. As well as serving as a theatre for the condemnation of those accused of heresy where mass was celebrated, the auto was a carefully choreographed affirmation of order and rank in society, set within defined spatial confines. The impressive ritual and ceremony associated with the event reached their climax in that held in Madrid's Plaza Mayor on 30 June 1680. This article explores some of the inconsistencies in the strategies of inclusion and exclusion that underpinned the spectacle via a close reading of the inquisitorial official José del Olmo's narrative account of the act of faith (1680) alongside the artist Francisco Rizi's complementary visual interpretation (1683), and examines the resulting challenges posed to a conventional interpretation of the proceedings.

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Citation

Romance Studies, 2011, 29 (4), pp. 223-241

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES AND LAW/School of Modern Languages

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Romance Studies

Publisher

Maney Publishing

issn

0263-9904

eissn

1745-8153

Copyright date

2011

Available date

06/06/2012

Publisher version

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney/ros/2011/00000029/00000004/art00002

Language

en