Widespread piety has usually enclosed its religion in sacred photographs. Over time, in truth, the standard “sacred playing cards” have represented nice non secular help for individuals who have taken refuge there in significantly troublesome moments. These tiny paper photographs have all the time been stored in wallets, on the entrances of church buildings, between prayer books and even “within the chest” as if this closeness doubled their religion and safety. Between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries they gained nice significance as they have been utilized by the decrease courses to compensate for the flexibility to learn sacred texts on account of an absence of tradition and all the time represented this help for prayer. Religion and larger private union with God … Of their true that means, subsequently, they’ve fashioned over the centuries that particular “means” to have the ability to shield the household, the steady with its animals, the kids within the cradle or the troopers in a Wartime, and for these causes, the distinctive “photographs” couldn’t be torn up or thrown away.
The one means allowed by custom to do away with them was to burn them, which occurred on Christmas evening (particularly within the South), as a result of throughout the burning the “sacred card” might rise to heaven and attain paradise. Nevertheless, the “world” of sacred photographs has an immeasurable vastness and their intimate historical past takes on a major significance, a lot in order that in comparatively latest instances the phenomenon of collectors is born, which acquires appreciable dimensions, particularly in comparison with the historical past that on the identical time he turned the “sacred playing cards” into true artworks. On this regard, one can’t stay detached to the research and the dear assortment of sacred photographs created by Antonio Iannicelli, a local of Castrovillari, already in Catanzaro (the place he has lived for about forty years) as a lover of town’s historical past in its numerous connections. One in every of his latest publications “Sant’Antoniu, paisànu d’u mundu sanu” affords the chance to speak about his outstanding assortment of sacred photographs addressed to Saint Anthony.
Iannicelli, additionally president of the Calabrian Affiliation of Philately and Varied Collectibles, amongst different issues, “donates” this e-book to the identical affiliation, with a at present “personal” publication that nearly casually dedicates it to the anniversary of fifty years of exercise of the affiliation. An exercise that over time has given rise to exhibitions and numerous attention-grabbing occasions, a lot in order that the historian himself fondly remembers being concerned years in the past by the then President, the lawyer Gianni Bruni, who shared his intense ardour for the gathering captured ex-votos. It will likely be exactly the pages of the e-book that may take the reader right into a world that mixes “religiousness and artwork” and we need to do this by describing what Iannicelli wrote about his specific assortment and extra importantly how this inclination was written born in him. “I have to say – says the historian – that the devotion to Saint Anthony has its origins within the household, after my delivery my mom purchased a small statue of him from a avenue vendor to place as a safety in the home. Then, through the years, the will to gather votive photographs grew an increasing number of, in addition to the will for cataloging and conservation”. “Nonetheless – he provides – I made a decision to restrict the gathering to my patron saint, Saint Anthony of Padua, though I had various ex-votos, even vital ones.
And it’s exactly within the e-book that Antonio Iannicelli describes how his ardour expands exactly due to a deeper information and higher potential to pick, catalog and classify these small masterpieces as he himself defines them. The involvement within the affiliation signifies that his “historical-artistic” curiosity is directed in direction of the engravings and “canivet” made on parchment or laid paper of the ‘700. Artifacts of excessive creative worth and wonder, so named (canivet) for the small narrow-bladed knife used to craft them, the French “canif”. They have been works on parchment or paper, round a central half (the place the saint was depicted) composed of a miniature reproducing a really invaluable carving that adopted the several types of lace. The central picture of the “saint” was then enriched with floral decorations or at instances with photographs of the animal world. Iannicelli, with the works introduced within the e-book forming a part of his assortment, dates from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with productions by Flemish artists. Within the work, along with the dear carvings, the polychromatic notes are additionally talked about, in addition to the symbols ascribed to the iconography of the saint, such because the divine little one, the e-book, the lily, but additionally purely spiritual ones, such because the dove, the monstrance, the rays of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the illustration of the infinite. On this context, Antonio Iannicelli, as he himself writes, presents Saint Anthony of Padua “… not solely as a patron saint, however “concerned”, as a household man, as a villager, whilst “paisanu d’u mundu sanu”, the holy of holies”. And it’s exactly this reflection that provides him the chance to discuss with the dialect, as evidenced by the title (as beforehand in one other of his publications “Sant’Antoni t’àju cercatu, visitatu e ppoi pregatu”). On this context, the professor and glotologist Michele De Luca deepens the that means of “paisanu d’u mundu sanu”. Subsequently, the phrase “paisanu” might be understood as “easy factor, for the great” when referring to an adjective, and vice versa when “noun” would change its that means by including to “countryman”, “villager” or will likely be of the identical nation or area. Add the adjective sanu, which might be understood as “entire world” (but additionally “world not defiled by vices”), which might come very near the picture of the saint cherished exactly “by all of the world.” . Lastly, the phrase “mundu” is talked about, because it usually seems within the numerous Calabrian idioms. Finally, that unmistakable signal of belonging is derived from the dialect.
Within the peculiar cataloging of the photographs, Iannicelli describes the provenance, the creator, the processing and the peculiarities, making him a deep admirer, highlighting the historical past, the creative magnificence and the technically executed work. As well as, in a earlier writing by the creator, there is no such thing as a lack of historic notes from which we will deduce the assorted processes which have adopted each other over time, from the meticulous works carried out by the nuns within the convents, to portray, to carving have been carried out exercise and the following advance of printing expertise with “lithography” and “chromolithography”. Within the first, which had developed drastically in France, the sacred playing cards have been printed on massive sheets of plain paper to make a sequence of 16 and even 50 items. The methods have been very refined with the intention to produce more and more increased portions, essentially the most lovely and costly have been printed with the “siderography” system (engravings on copper or metal plates) on a stamped lace background embellished with sequins or small mother-of-pearl bead inserts. A world to be found, filled with historical past, magnificence and spiritual religion, which Antonio Iannicelli excels in recognizing distinctive components within the Flemish sacred maps, apparent indicators of a invaluable “artistic-religious” documentation. It’s no coincidence that author and tutorial Antonia Arslan quotes the historian on this September’s situation of the Messenger of St. Anthony as celebrating his work as a eager collector, in truth he’s quoted from his assortment of “photographs”: “… I checked out them enchanted, one after the opposite, misplaced myself within the small and intense visions of the unknown creators, naive or refined, common or cultivated: and I perceived that from all of them emerges, like a lightweight track, previous prayers”.