In late medieval Europe sumptuary laws regulated the use of clothes and jewellery, the Friars Preachers conducted moralizing campaigns against luxury, by speeches in the public squares and fires of vanities. In Sicily jewellery and luxurious clothes became a form of investment, they were given for dowry and as inheritance, they could also be pledged. The transformation of profane objects, symbol of sin, into vestments and altar furnishings was considered a laudable deed, fundamental for the salvation of the soul. Temporal goods, sometimes illegally earned, underwent a metamorphosis that allowed to reconcile aeterna and temporalia. In the thirteenth century noblewomen, wives of merchants, counts and notaries founded chapels, donated dresses and precious clothes to make chasubles; gave silver belts, buttons, earrings, and cups to make chalices, patens, and crosses; while pearls and enamels were applied to the altar frontals. The vestments could be made by noblewomen like Grazia de Ebdemonia, who had to transform all the veils and clothes of her cousin Palma Mastrangelo into vestments.
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|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2019|