- First, two images to consider:
picture of St. Clare, Bardi Chapel, Santa Croce, Florence,
Legend of St. Francis; Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi
In the second, one can see that some of the women have wimples, and
some do not.
Why? Can anyone give bibliography for further study?
Nancy M McKenna
- --- faena0216 <nancy.mckenna@...> wrote:
> Legend of St. Francis; Upper Church, San Francesco,My gut says that any people in the second painting
> In the second, one can see that some of the women
> have wimples, and some do not.
> Nancy M McKenna
with no drapery about their throats are men.
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> My gut says that any people in the second paintingMy mileage is based on a Catholic education that started just before
> with no drapery about their throats are men.
Many orders had some feature of their habit that would distinguish
between the novices and sisters who had taken final vows. For example,
Carmelite novices wore white veils while nuns wore black.
I admit I am speculating here, but bear with me.
1. In the medieval period, wimples were not solely clerical garb. They
were often worn by married women.
2. The figures in and around the door of the church surrounding
Francis' bier all appear to be in the habits of the Poor Clares.
3. The taking of final vows is a ceremony in which a nun "marries"
Therefore, I'm going to suggest that the women in veils without
wimples who are otherwise dressed in brown with black veils are novices.
Jehanne de Wodeford