Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Camauro

The camauro is a red velvet hat, usually trimmed in ermine, peculiar to the Popes. Immediately recognizable as, probably, the most common headgear in papal portraiture, its use in the last couple of centuries has been on the decline. Pope John XXIII was the last Pope to use it with any frequency, and then it disappeared completely until recently brought back by Pope Benedict XVI. It is usually worn with the mozzetta and rochet, although Pope Benedict has worn it with the simple simar and great cloak. The following are various images of the camauro in use.

John XXIII under his altar at the Vatican
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