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 seated presiding bishop. A priest continues to hold the book of the Gospels open behind the bishop-elect’s head while the presiding bishop makes a sign of the cross with holy oil on his forehead. The image is flanked by an ornamental border containing scroll work, pelicans (symbolizing Jesus’s atonement for humanity’s sins), and snails (symbolizing the resurrection).

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