An Eighteenth Century Chasuble with Scenes from the Life of St. Charles Borromeo

As a general rule I am not usually a fan of "scenic" chasubles, but normally this is because they lack the usual compositional elements like the cross and column orphreys. This particular example presents another variation where the chasuble is treated as a scenic canvas of sorts, but still maintains the usual orphrey patterns.

The chasuble in question is embroidered and comes from the early 18th century. As you can see, it includes a scene that incorporates sky, land and vegetation. This combination makes it particularly beautiful -- if somewhat liturgically curious insofar as colour is concerned (though I believe we can fairly assume this was intended as white.) More importantly, however, the chasuble includes various scenes from the life of St. Charles Borromeo -- which is particularly apropos in the light of the present day 'plague' facing the world (much like the plague that faced St. Charles Borromeo in his own time). Here is a closer look at it.

On the front of the chasuble, Mass and Confession are shown
The back of the chasuble presents various scenes from the life of Borromeo

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