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Cristiano Banti, Galileo before the Inquisition


Cristiano Banti (1824-1904)
Galileo before the Inquisition, 1857
Carpi (MO), Private collection

This picture shows the Prosecutor of the Holy Office, Vincenzo Maculano, reading out to Galileo the serious charges that caused the trial of 1633 to end with the scientist's conviction on suspicion of heresy and his subsequent abjuration.