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, Ann Catelli <elvestoorder@...>
> My gut says that any people in the second painting
> with no drapery about their throats are men.
My mileage is based on a Catholic education that started just before
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