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Title: 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
Authors: Rawlings, Helen E.
First Published: 1-Nov-2011
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Citation: Romance Studies, 2011, 29 (4), pp. 223-241
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1179/174581511X13110026996586
ISSN: 0263-9904
eISSN: 1745-8153
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © Swansea University 2011. Deposited with reference to the publisher's archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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