The reliquary of the heart of St Charles Borromeo, in the church of San Carlo al Corso, was donated in 1616 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo.
Cardinal Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) was archbishop of Milan from 1564 until his death in 1584. The reliquary incorporates a tiny bishop's mitre and a cardinal's hat.
St Charles Borromeo was canonised by Pope Paul V (r. 1605-21) on November 1st 1610.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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