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Chivasso, feast of the patron saint Blessed Angelo Carletti: discovering the incunabula in the library of Palazzo Cisterna

Chivasso, feast of the patron saint Blessed Angelo Carletti: discovering the incunabula in the library of Palazzo Cisterna

As tradition dictates, this year too, on the last Wednesday in August, in Chivasso yes performed the patronal feast of Blessed Angelo Carletti. A program full of events organized in full compliance with the anti-Covid -19 regulations.

the Regional Fair with the exhibition of machinery, farm animals, cars and motorcycles. The celebrations, as always, organized by the administration in close collaboration with the Pro Loco L’Agricola, also see the exhibition of the subwayour “Witness of a time” photographic by Leonarda Mescia Fatibene, renowned Chivassesse photographer from 1972 to 2001, and many moments of aggregation on the banks of the Po, in Bricel Park.

There is a rich offer for Sunday August 29 when, starting at 9.30, you can participate in the non-competitive walk accompanied by history and ecology pills by Cai di Chivasso and Hope Running. During the same day it is also possible to take boat trips thanks to the collaboration with “Gli Amici del Po di Casale”. In the afternoon there are many activities designed for the little ones with the animation of Lodobus, giant chess, role-playing games and the exhibition of drones at the Po. The evening ends at 9 pm when Livio Viano’s show “The Adventures of Pinocchio” is in the courtyard of Palazzo Santa Chiara.

Speaking of Chivasso’s patron saint, Blessed Angelo Carletti (Chivasso, 1410 – Cuneo, April 11, 1495), our thoughts turn to his greatest work. Summa angelica, the only book printed in Chivasso in the 15th century by Suigus. The volume deals with the various questions of conscience and is configured as a guide for confessors, it was very lucky and disseminated and as a symbol of Catholic orthodoxy it was burned by Luther in the public square of Wittenberg on December 10, 1520, together with the bull of excommunication. to the code of canon law and to the Summa Theologica de Santo Tomás.

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On Giuseppe Grosso Library of History and Culture of Piedmont, an invaluable heritage of the metropolitan city that has its headquarters in the Palazzo Cisterna, is preserved an incunabula of the Summa angelica, dated 1486, featuring generalized marginal notes and two-tone initials in red and blue. The term incunabula is conventionally defined as a document printed with movable type technology and produced in the second half of the 15th century. The term comes from the Latin incunabula, ‘fasce’, in turn derived from cuna, ‘cradle’, hence the meaning of ‘origin, first beginning’. In general, incunabula do not have a cover, but only an indication, often approximate, that shows the name of the author of the work and a title in the incipit. Typographical notes, if any, can be found at the colophon. In fact, the first books made with movable type tended to imitate the appearance of handwritten books, in which this type of information was superfluous. The good state of conservation of many incunabula, compared to much more recent books, is due to the excellent quality of the old paper, handcrafted with cotton rags.