Jacques Daret, The Visitation, 1434-35, oil on oak panel, 22.44” x 20.47”, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Just a Second: Mitre

Mitre (noun)

A mitre is a pointed hat worn by bishops and certain abbots in the Roman Catholic Church.  In Jacques Daret’s painting of the Visitation, the moment when Mary, pregnant with Jesus meets her relative Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist, the mitre of the patron, Jean du Clercq, abbot of St. Vaast in Arras, rests on the ground before him.