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February 13, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Disfida de Barletta, Galilei before the Inquisition, lost artwork

On the 13th of February –

In 1503 the Disfida di Barletta (Challenge of Barletta) was fought between 13 French and 13 Italian knights. The French made provocative remarks about Italian cowardice and were then challenged to a duel / tournament. The Italians won and routed the French. It is a returning theme in Italian painting adn literature:
La Disfida di Barletta
A play on the theme:
Ettore Fieramosca ossia La disfida di Barletta : melodramma in due atti ; da rappresentarsi nel Teatro Apollo nella primavera 1839

In 1633 Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to stand trial before the Inquisition for his ridiculous beliefs that the eratch revolved around the sun. Rather than being burned or imprisoned he recanted. On his death bed he famously said ‘and yet she revolves’ – meaning the earth around the sun.
Galileo Galilei's abjuration before the Tribunal of the Holy Inquisition. Painted by Giovanni Squarcina, 19th cent. Present location of the work unknown.
If you happen to come across the above painting, please let us know – it is lost, possibly stolen. This is not just cultural heritage – this is CSI Europeana!


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