San Gaetano, Founder of Theatine Order

Feast Day 7 August

San Gaetano British Museum open access

Born as Gaetano Thiene in Vicenza, October 1480, died in Naples 7 August 1547, beatified 8 October 1629, canonized 12 April 1671. Founded the order of Clerks Regular, known as the Theatines, together with Gian Paolo Carafa (later Pope Paul IV), Paolo Consiglieri, and Bonifacio da Colle in 1524. In English he is known as St. Cajetan. For a full biography, see the entry in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani 51 (1998).

The image depicts San Gaetano on a bank of clouds hovering over a view of Naples.

After Francesco Solimena, San Gaetano, c. 1700
Image: © The Trustees of the British Museum