The Mass of Saint Gregory

Object Details

Title:

The Mass of Saint Gregory

Artist/Maker(s):

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Bruges, Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1535 - 1540

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 13.7 x 10 cm (5 3/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

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While celebrating mass, Pope Gregory prayed for a way to convince doubters that Christ was truly present in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. His prayers were granted when the crucified body of Christ miraculously appeared on the altar, bleeding directly into the chalice. In this miniature depicting the vision, the viewer is invited to share in Gregory's experience by peering over his shoulder.

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