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Mitre Collection

"Mitre: A Symbol of Faith, Power, and Artistic Expression" The mitre, a distinctive headdress worn by bishops and high-ranking clergy in the Catholic Church

Background imageMitre Collection: Archangel Raphael with Bishop Domonte (oil on canvas)

Archangel Raphael with Bishop Domonte (oil on canvas)
BAL106329 Archangel Raphael with Bishop Domonte (oil on canvas) by Murillo, Bartolome Esteban (1618-82); 211x150 cm; Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageMitre Collection: St Swithin / Dudley / Maxims

St Swithin / Dudley / Maxims
SAINT SWITHIN or SWITHUN Anglo-Saxon ecclesiastic, Bishop of Winchester, associated with a prediction of rain for 40 days

Background imageMitre Collection: The Devil Presenting St Augustin with the Book of Vices, c1455-1498. Artist: Michael Pacher

The Devil Presenting St Augustin with the Book of Vices, c1455-1498. Artist: Michael Pacher
The Devil Presenting St Augustin with the Book of Vices, c1455-1498. One of the four great doctors of the early Christian Church

Background imageMitre Collection: Reflections and view across Milford Sound to Mitre Peak

Reflections and view across Milford Sound to Mitre Peak, 1629m, Milford Sound, Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand, Pacific

Background imageMitre Collection: St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury (coloured engraving)

St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury (coloured engraving)
972878 St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: St Dunstan (909-988), Archbishop of Canterbury

Background imageMitre Collection: Old Main Bridge over River Main and Fortress Marienberg behind, Wurzburg

Old Main Bridge over River Main and Fortress Marienberg behind, Wurzburg, Franconia, Bavaria, Germany, Europe

Background imageMitre Collection: Customs / Saint Swithin s

Customs / Saint Swithin s
According to tradition, if it rains on the 15th of July - St Swithins Day - it will continue to rain for the following 40 days

Background imageMitre Collection: St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux
SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX French religious who established the monastery at Clairvaux

Background imageMitre Collection: Virgin and Child with Saint Liborius and Carlo Borromeo, 1693-95. 1693-95

Virgin and Child with Saint Liborius and Carlo Borromeo, 1693-95. 1693-95
Virgin and Child with Saint Liborius and Carlo Borromeo, 1693-95

Background imageMitre Collection: St Dunstan and the devil, 1826

St Dunstan and the devil, 1826. Born in Glastonbury, Somerset, St Dunstan (c925-988) became Archbishop of Canterbury in 961

Background imageMitre Collection: Herbert Vaughan, Archbishop of Westminster, receiving the Pallium at the Brompton Oratory, London

Herbert Vaughan, Archbishop of Westminster, receiving the Pallium at the Brompton Oratory, London
6014135 Herbert Vaughan, Archbishop of Westminster, receiving the Pallium at the Brompton Oratory, London, 16 August 1892 (litho) by English School

Background imageMitre Collection: Ms Fr 2629 fol. 167 Queen Melisande of Jerusalem (1109-60

Ms Fr 2629 fol. 167 Queen Melisande of Jerusalem (1109-60
BNP159910 Ms Fr 2629 fol.167 Queen Melisande of Jerusalem (1109-60) marrying Fulk V of Anjou (1092-1143), from the Histoire de la conquete of Jerusalem by William of Tyre (c.1130-85) c.1470 (vellum)

Background imageMitre Collection: Le Traitede Paix avec Rome (The Peace Treaty with Rome), ca. 1789. Creator: Unknown

Le Traitede Paix avec Rome (The Peace Treaty with Rome), ca. 1789. Creator: Unknown
Le Traite de Paix avec Rome (The Peace Treaty with Rome), ca. 1789

Background imageMitre Collection: St. Nicholas of Bari (d. c. 346) (oil on canvas)

St. Nicholas of Bari (d. c. 346) (oil on canvas)
XIR242474 St. Nicholas of Bari (d.c.346) (oil on canvas) by Preti, Mattia (Il Calabrese) (1613-99); 128.5x104 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageMitre Collection: Matrushka - St Nicholas and the recipients of his gifts

Matrushka - St Nicholas and the recipients of his gifts
Matrushka Doll illustration with St Nicholas as the largest figure and the recipients of his Christmas gifts - a slowly diminishing (in size!) group of children Date: circa 1920s

Background imageMitre Collection: Wordsworth / Hawkshead

Wordsworth / Hawkshead
A corner of the Square, and tiny Methodist chapel, which has been operative since 1862, at Hawkshead, Cumbria, the village where William Wordsworth lived as a boy

Background imageMitre Collection: Limerick Mitre / Shaw

Limerick Mitre / Shaw
A precious mitre used by the Bishop of Limerick, Ireland on occasions of great ceremony. It is made of plates of gold and adorned with gems and precious stones

Background imageMitre Collection: St Patrick / Cig Card

St Patrick / Cig Card
SAINT PATRICK He drives the snakes out of Ireland

Background imageMitre Collection: Dr Johnson / Mitre / Boswell

Dr Johnson / Mitre / Boswell
DR SAMUEL JOHNSON With Boswell at the Mitre Tavern

Background imageMitre Collection: Saint Sabinus conversing with St. Benedict, 1473. Creator: Giovanni Boccati

Saint Sabinus conversing with St. Benedict, 1473. Creator: Giovanni Boccati
Saint Sabinus conversing with St. Benedict, 1473.

Background imageMitre Collection: Vidal de Canellas presenting his text to King James I the Conqueror

Vidal de Canellas presenting his text to King James I the Conqueror, from the Vidal Mayor manuscript by Vidal Canellas
847283 Vidal de Canellas presenting his text to King James I the Conqueror, from the Vidal Mayor manuscript by Vidal Canellas, copied by Michael Lupi de Candiu, c.1290-1310 (vellum); 36.5x24 cm; J

Background imageMitre Collection: Grand Lama and Lama of the eight Tartar Banners. Tartar Buddhist monks in yellow satin robes

Grand Lama and Lama of the eight Tartar Banners. Tartar Buddhist monks in yellow satin robes and hats
FLO4590100 Grand Lama and Lama of the eight Tartar Banners. Tartar Buddhist monks in yellow satin robes and hats. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Andrea Freschi after Antoine Cardon

Background imageMitre Collection: John Everett Millais (1829-1896) English artist and founder member of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

John Everett Millais (1829-1896) English artist and founder member of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, 1862 (engraving)
537631 John Everett Millais (1829-1896) English artist and founder member of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, 1862 (engraving); (add.info)

Background imageMitre Collection: St. Blaise (Blasius), bishop of Sebastea, Capodocia, martyred c.316, and St Guerin

St. Blaise (Blasius), bishop of Sebastea, Capodocia, martyred c.316, and St Guerin. 19th century (french woodcut)
535065 St. Blaise (Blasius), bishop of Sebastea, Capodocia, martyred c.316, and St Guerin. 19th century (french woodcut); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMitre Collection: Window w7 depicting a bishop donor - Charles de Villiers (stained glass)

Window w7 depicting a bishop donor - Charles de Villiers (stained glass)
720944 Window w7 depicting a bishop donor - Charles de Villiers (stained glass); Church of St. Martin, Montmorency, Val d'Oise, France

Background imageMitre Collection: The Mitre

The Mitre
2910832 The Mitre; (add.info.: 1800 Engraving depicting the Mitre, a ceremonial headdress consisting of a tall, white, peaked cap. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMitre Collection: Costume of Caen

Costume of Caen
5855700 Costume of Caen; (add.info.: Costume of Caen. The bonnet is of great height, with the veils twisted over the crown of artificial flowers up to a point like a mitre)

Background imageMitre Collection: Bishop's mitres showing martyrdoms, 1889 (chromolithograph)

Bishop's mitres showing martyrdoms, 1889 (chromolithograph)
5912582 Bishop's mitres showing martyrdoms, 1889 (chromolithograph); (add.info.: Bishop's mitres showing the martyrdom of Thomas Becket by three knights and the stoning of St. Stephen)

Background imageMitre Collection: Low relief of the facade of the church of St Gregorio ostiense of Sorlada - SPAIN. Sorlada

Low relief of the facade of the church of St Gregorio ostiense of Sorlada - SPAIN. Sorlada
CUL4852886 Low relief of the facade of the church of St Gregorio ostiense of Sorlada - SPAIN. Sorlada. Church of St Gregorio Ostiense. Detail of the facade. Low Relief

Background imageMitre Collection: Charles de St. Albin, Bishop of Laon, 1698-1723. Handcoloured lithograph after a portrait in Roger

Charles de St. Albin, Bishop of Laon, 1698-1723. Handcoloured lithograph after a portrait in Roger de Gaignieres
FLO4572143 Charles de St. Albin, Bishop of Laon, 1698-1723. Handcoloured lithograph after a portrait in Roger de Gaignieres gallery portfolio from Le Bibliophile Jacob aka Paul Lacroix's Costumes

Background imageMitre Collection: St. Louis of Toulouse, detail of sculpture by Donatello (c.1386-1466)

St. Louis of Toulouse, detail of sculpture by Donatello (c.1386-1466), 1424 (bronze) (detail of 80042)
BEN80043 St. Louis of Toulouse, detail of sculpture by Donatello (c.1386-1466), 1424 (bronze) (detail of 80042); Santa Croce, Florence, Italy; Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imageMitre Collection: Imperial Russia, Officer's dress miter cap of the Regiment Pavlovskiy

Imperial Russia, Officer's dress miter cap of the Regiment Pavlovskiy
3031163 Imperial Russia, Officer's dress miter cap of the Regiment Pavlovskiy; West Point Museum, New York, USA; (add.info.: World War I, Imperial Russia)

Background imageMitre Collection: St Augustine of Hippo (350-430) one of the great fathers of early Christian church

St Augustine of Hippo (350-430) one of the great fathers of early Christian church. Second figure is his son Ambrose
531883 St Augustine of Hippo (350-430) one of the great fathers of early Christian church. Second figure is his son Ambrose. Hand-coloured woodcut of 1493; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMitre Collection: St. Louis of Toulouse, sculpture by Donatello (c.1386-1466), 1424 (bronze)

St. Louis of Toulouse, sculpture by Donatello (c.1386-1466), 1424 (bronze)
BEN80042 St. Louis of Toulouse, sculpture by Donatello (c.1386-1466), 1424 (bronze); Santa Croce, Florence, Italy; (add.info.: son of St Louis (Louise IX);); Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imageMitre Collection: Miter of pearls, vestry of the Ipatievsky Monastery, Kostroma, 1911

Miter of pearls, vestry of the Ipatievsky Monastery, Kostroma, 1911. Creator: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky
Miter of pearls, vestry of the Ipatievsky Monastery, Kostroma, 1911

Background imageMitre Collection: Miter of the Patriarch Adrian, vestry of the Ipatevskii Monastery, Kostroma, 1911

Miter of the Patriarch Adrian, vestry of the Ipatevskii Monastery, Kostroma, 1911

Background imageMitre Collection: Requiem Mass, 20th century. Creator: Louis Charles Crespin

Requiem Mass, 20th century. Creator: Louis Charles Crespin
Requiem Mass, 20th century. Found in the collection of the State M Ciurlionis Art Museum, Kaunas

Background imageMitre Collection: Unknown prelate from the 17th century, called Bishop Hans Brask. Creator: Anon

Unknown prelate from the 17th century, called Bishop Hans Brask. Creator: Anon
Unknown prelate from the 17th century, called Bishop Hans Brask, Unknown date

Background imageMitre Collection: St Hugh of Lincoln and St Benedict of Nursia. Creator: Gherardo di Jacopo

St Hugh of Lincoln and St Benedict of Nursia. Creator: Gherardo di Jacopo
St Hugh of Lincoln and St Benedict of Nursia, Unknown date

Background imageMitre Collection: Design for stained glass window 10 donated by the Rijnland Water Board, 1667. Creator: Pieter Jansz

Design for stained glass window 10 donated by the Rijnland Water Board, 1667. Creator: Pieter Jansz
Design for stained glass window 10 donated by the Rijnland Water Board, 1667

Background imageMitre Collection: Memorial Panel for Lubbert Bolle, 1525-1574. Creator: Jan Gerritsz van Bronckhorst

Memorial Panel for Lubbert Bolle, 1525-1574. Creator: Jan Gerritsz van Bronckhorst
Memorial Panel for Lubbert Bolle, 1525-1574

Background imageMitre Collection: The 'Te Deum' for Peace, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

The "Te Deum" for Peace, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Moorfields, [London] - Cardinal Wiseman preaching before the Bishops, 1856. End of the Crimean War

Background imageMitre Collection: Ondoiement of the Infant Prince, in the Chapel of the Tuileries, 1856. Creator: Unknown

Ondoiement of the Infant Prince, in the Chapel of the Tuileries, 1856. Creator: Unknown
Ondoiement (Half-Baptism) of the Infant Prince, in the Chapel of the Tuileries, 1856. the Aumonier of the Emperor in the act of sprinkling the water on the Imperial infant

Background imageMitre Collection: The Regalia. - 8, c1911. Creator: Unknown

The Regalia. - 8, c1911. Creator: Unknown
The Regalia. - 8, c1911. Crowns and Coronets of England: The King; Prince of Wales; Royal Dukes; Kings Nephews; Princess Royal; Duke; Marquis; Earl; Viscount; Baron; Archbishop; Bishop'

Background imageMitre Collection: Cravath, Vera, Miss, portrait photograph, 1917 June 29. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Cravath, Vera, Miss, portrait photograph, 1917 June 29. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Cravath, Vera, Miss, portrait photograph, 1917 June 29

Background imageMitre Collection: Matthaeus Yrsselius (1541-1629), Abbot of Sint-Michiel's Abbey in Antwerp, 1622-1625

Matthaeus Yrsselius (1541-1629), Abbot of Sint-Michiel's Abbey in Antwerp, 1622-1625. Creator: Peter Paul Rubens
Matthaeus Yrsselius (1541-1629), Abbot of Sint-Michiel's Abbey in Antwerp, 1622-1625. (Commissioned an altarpiece depicting the Adoration of the Magi from Rubens)

Background imageMitre Collection: Saint Bernardino of Siena, 1510-1530. Creator: Unknown

Saint Bernardino of Siena, 1510-1530. Creator: Unknown
Saint Bernardino of Siena, 1510-1530

Background imageMitre Collection: Man Falling from the Sky. Creator: Unknown

Man Falling from the Sky. Creator: Unknown
Man Falling from the Sky



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"Mitre: A Symbol of Faith, Power, and Artistic Expression" The mitre, a distinctive headdress worn by bishops and high-ranking clergy in the Catholic Church, has long been associated with religious symbolism and artistic creativity. Its origins can be traced back to ancient times when it was used as a symbol of authority and wisdom. One notable figure linked to the mitre is St Swithin, an Anglo-Saxon bishop known for his piety and connection to weather folklore. Another historical reference takes us to Dudley, where Maxims were exchanged among nobles wearing magnificent mitres during lavish banquets. Artworks featuring the it also hold significant cultural value. The coloured engraving of Archbishop St Dunstan showcases the intricate details of this regal headpiece. Similarly, Archangel Raphael with Bishop Domonte portrays heavenly figures adorned with majestic mitres on canvas. However, not all depictions are angelic in nature. Michael Pacher's painting "The Devil Presenting St Augustin with the Book of Vices" captures a darker side as Satan tempts a saintly figure while wearing an ominous-looking mitre. Beyond its religious connotations, customs surrounding the they have developed over time. Saint Swithin's association with rain led to traditions like "St Swithin's Day, " which predicts summer weather patterns based on rainfall patterns around July 15th each year. Geographically diverse locations have also become synonymous with this iconic headgear. Milford Sound offers breathtaking reflections Peak towering above tranquil waters while Wurzburg boasts architectural marvels such as Old Main Bridge overlooking River Main against the backdrop of Fortress Marienberg - both scenes reminiscent of grandeur associated with bishops' attire. Notable saints have been depicted alongside their respective dioceses or patrons wearing ornate mitres throughout history.