St. Cajetan

18th century
Cáceres Cathedral, Cáceres, Spain

After many years of service to the poor St. Cajetan founded the Theatines in 1523, an order dedicated to reviving the zeal of the Catholic clergy.

The crown in this image is the artist's way of expressing God's favor, not an attribute. There is no settled iconography for Cajetan, though most images keep to the same details regarding his appearance and dress: a short beard, male pattern baldness, a black cassock with a high collar, and in some cases a surplice. a loose white vestment worn over a cassock I know of only one image of the saint that departs from this pattern.

In some contexts this St. Cajetan is referred to by his full Italian name, Gaetano dei Conti di Thiene.

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Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.