Monday, June 15, 2020

Not One But Two (Count 'em! Two!) Memorials to a Bishop

Having seen the arms of the 22nd Bishop of Antwerp, Johan Bonny, in our last post, this time we visit the two memorials in the Cathedral of Our Lady to the 7th Bishop of Antwerp, Ambrosius (or Marius) Capello (1597-1676, Bishop of Antwerp 1654-1676).

The first memorial is just that, a memorial, though an impressive one:

Here's a close-up of the memorial plaque:

Beneath which, supported by two cherubs, is a depiction of his arms, surmounted by the galero of a bishop:

The arms are, of course, canting; that is, they form a pun on the surname, as in Italian capello is a "hat".

While the carved stone arms here are painted as Sable a hat the cords crossed in saltire gules, I suspect, based on similar coats of arms for Capello in Rietstap's Armorial Général, that the field really should be argent, or white. (Or blue. Rietstap cites arms for dal Capelo of Verona which have a blue field with a red hat.)

The second memorial to Bishop Capello is his tomb in the cathedral. It was designed by Artus Quellinus II:

Here is a close-up of the memorial plaque on the side of the tomb:

His arms here (beautifully carved and left unpainted) are supported by a single cherub:

I have been manfully resisting the following pun, but find that I am too weak to resist any longer.

I suppose that if you are going to have a large stone-carved memorial to your memory, you might as well go for Baroque.

(I know; it's bad. Next time we will return you to your regularly-scheduled posts about heraldry.)

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