The Virgin Mary with St. Nicholas of Bari

Late 17th century
The Pantheon, Rome

As usual St. Nicholas is without a mitre, following the legend that the Council of Trent revoked his right to wear a mitre and pallium. But he does wear a pallium, and what the Virgin Mary is handing him appears to be another one. Christ also has a book for him. The book and the restoration of the pallium are perhaps in recognition of his part in reviving the three boys in the pickling tub, lower right.

One would expect the thing in St. Nicholas's left hand to be a crozier, but it does not seem to have a crook at the top.

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