A renaissance artist who achieved fame
and fortune by articulating the religious
doctrines of his mistress, a wealthy
Florentine dedicated to the church.
At the height of his fame a schism betwixt the
two developed with Companella proclaiming
the ascendency of nature’s rule while his mistress
held to the purer geometric forms of God.
In order that his most famous work, a depiction of
Christ on the cross, be seen the municipal art gallery
displaying it had, everyday, to reconstruct its production
from start to finish to the accompaniment of music.
This operatic endeavour became a wonder of
the artistic and ecclesiastical worlds though it did
little to reconcile the now bitterly feuding couple.
Toward the end of his career a reconciliation of
sorts was achieved when the couple sorted out their
differences by correspondence and agreed to meet.
Both were killed in freak accidents on the
way to their designated meeting place after
following the agreed instructions to the letter.