The painting included below, by the Italian artist Camillo Procaccini, was painted in Milan towards the end of the sixteenth century, or early in the seventeenth, and depicts Saint Ambrose staying the Emperor Theodosius. In this painting we the see the saint vested in pontificals of this period. Fittingly, Saint Ambrose is shewn vested in a chasuble of the Borromeon proportions (fitting since Saint Charles Borromeo was also Bishop of Milan). Note that the chasuble is wide, being slightly turned back at the elbows. It is ornamented with a prominent TAU of gold damask. Saint Ambrose is also shewn wearing the tunicle and dalmatic over his albe. By this time, the pallium had more or less reached the form that we are now familiar with.
|Saint Ambrose by Procaccini.|
A curiosity of this painting is that in its upper left background, Saint Ambrose is shewn wearing the same Pontificals (including the mitre!) in full gallop on a horse. The chasuble flares at the back.
|Saint Ambrose by Ceresa.|
A friend of the Studio and reader of this Blog, offered the following comments on Saint Ambrose astride the horse:
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