Consecration of a Bishop

Book Title: Sacrarvm caeremoniarvm sive Ritvvm ecclesiasticorvm S. Rom. ecclesiae. : libri tres

Author: Patrizi Piccolomini, Agostino, ca. 1435-1496

Image Title: Consecration of a Bishop

Description: This engraving illustrates the consecration of a new bishop. The bishop-elect kneels before the presiding bishop who anoints both his hands with holy oil. A priest holds a book of the Gospels open against the bishop-elect’s back. The image is flanked by a border containing scroll work, pelicans (symbolizing Jesus’s atonement for humanity’s sins), and snails (symbolizing the resurrection).

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