Today, I came across this lovely picture of Cardinal Muzio Gallo’s (1721-1801) coat of arms sitting atop the walnut doors in the sacristy of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Viterbo, Italy.
The coat of arms of a cardinal includes a red galero with 15 tassels on each side. The heraldry and motto are particular to the cardinal. Cardinal Gallo’s coat of arms has a rooster (gallo) in the middle and the Maltese Cross in the background.
Here he is without his galero. Just imagine it.
The Neo-classical style of the 1785 sacristy, which is covered in walnut and gold decorations, was done at Cardinal Gallo’s request.