Sessions of the Institutum Carmelitanum on Baptist Spagnoli and the Mantuan Reform
The recent fifth centenary of the death of Blessed Baptist Spagnoli was the occasion for the Institutum Carmelitanum to offer a series of evening sessions on history, art and spirituality, at the Saint Abert’s International Centre (CISA) on the first three Mondays of May.
The sessions opened with an interview with Cristian Poli on the much-discussed figure of Tommaso Connecte, initiator of the Mantuan Reform, who, although he died at the stake as a heretic in 1434, was celebrated as a martyr by Spagnoli in his De vita beata. The second evening session was dedicated to the restoration of an autograph letter by Spagnoli which is kept in the General Archive. Fr. Mario Alfarano introduced the evening with a presentation of the content, context and symbolic value of this letter that Mantovano sent to Nicolas Audet in 1514; He was follow by Prof. Eulalia Ramos, from the University of Tor Vergata in Rome, who illustrated the detailed and delicate restoration of the document. The last meeting was conducted by Fr. Giovanni Grosso who spoke about a part of the iconographic collection that enriches the church of San Felice del Benaco, which is one of the first foundations of the Mantuan Reform. Fr. Giovanni paid particular attention to some images of Our Blessed Lady and the early saints of the Order.