highly traditional, ecclesiastic dress did vary over time. The short
miters of the 12th century gave way to taller and more ornate models of
the late Middle Ages. Frequently the mitre was embellished with pearls
or other jewels and richly embroidered. Jan van Eyck's painting of
of the Canon van der Paele (1436), Bruges, shows St. Donation wearing the
mitre and cope (a long cape) then part of the church treasury that was worn
on feast days of the saint. (Viollet-le-Duc, Mobilier 4:143)
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