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Picciolini, picolini et piccioli. La fabrique romaine des Agnus Dei (1563-1700)

Abstract : The Agnus Dei are papal sacramentals made in Rome since the Middle Ages. At first rare, they become innumerable at the Counter-Reformation, a period when their production is reorganized and tightly controlled by the Apostolic Chamber. This involves the collaboration between various lay and, more and more, religious actors: the goldsmiths who melt the molds, and the waxers, who sink the small sculptures, replaced by the feuillantes in 1599. From the end of the 16th century, the variety of subjects represented, which is increasing, and the number of waxes, manufactured by hundreds of thousands, meet the needs of the worldwide distribution of the objects of devotion, provided by the missionaries. This research is a step towards the establishment of the catalog of 624 molds at Agnus Dei preserved in the Lateran Treasury (Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 2018).
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Anne Lepoittevin. Picciolini, picolini et piccioli. La fabrique romaine des Agnus Dei (1563-1700). Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, Éditions de l’EHESS, 2018, pp.87-119. ⟨halshs-02435257⟩



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