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Religion in tears


Religion in tears


Sorrow. Confessional empathy. Mourning Tears. Religious persecution


"Voy la Religion qui pleure incessamment qu’on répand sans pitié le sang de l’innocent.” A detail from a late seventeenth-century Dutch leaflet vividly conveying the horrors of the massacre of the Piedmontese Waldensians in April 1655: a winged, veiled female figure, an allegorical portrait of Religion, is reduced to tears before the horrific spectacle of mutilated children and adults cast into Alpine ravines. Religion here is obviously the Reformed one, as can be inferred from the open Bible on her lap and from later and more famous iconographic testimony such as Bernard Picart’s Tableau des principales religions du monde, which visually summarizes the aims and contents of Jean Frederic Bernard’s Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde, a seven-volume comparative work published in Amsterdam between 1723 and 1737


Attr. to Chr. de Pas (see Frederik Muller, Additions)


Atlas van Stolk: Katalogus der historie, spot- en zinneprenten betrekkelijk de geschiedenis van Nederland, 11 vols in 10 (Amsterdam: F. Muller & Co., 1895–1931), vol. 3, no. 2301; Frederik Muller, De Nederlandsche geschiedenis in platen (1863-1882) n°  2114 (dans les Additions cette gravure est attribuée à Chr. de Pas);  Armand Hugon-Gonnet, Bibliografia Valdese (1953) n° 1662; Giovanni Tarantino, “A ‘Protestant’ approach to colonization as envisaged in John Lockman's Protestant martyrology (1760)”, in Susan Broomhall and Sarah Finn eds, Violence and Emotions in Europe, 1400-1800 (Palgrave, forthcoming in 2014).




Giovanni Tarantino

(Uploaded by Ciara Rawnsley)


Country Of Origin

Low Countries



Original Format

leaflet / engraving (detail)