December 06, 2013
Biretta of the Gentiluomo
In former times when the cardinals had still their household, they gave to their gentiluomini (Gentlemen of the Cardinal) as an approval for their esteem a little biretta.
The gentiluomo placed it on a table or shelf in his room.
left: Biretta of the gentiluomini (11 x 11 x 10 CM)
A little bit larger than the souvenir biretta
3 blades (wings, horns) with a stem; made our of watered silk
right: Biretta of a cardinal in normal size
© Picture: Maurizio Bettoja, New Liturgical Movement
Cardinal Ottaviani’s gentiluomo, 1956, holding the cardinal’s hat.
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