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The Adoration of the Eucharist

Object Details

Title:

The Adoration of the Eucharist

Artist/Maker:

Willem Vrelant (Flemish, died 1481, active 1454 - 1481)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

early 1460s

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 8 (83.ML.104), fol. 144

Dimensions:

Leaf: 25.6 × 17.3 cm (10 1/16 × 6 13/16 in.)

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Object Description

The original owner of this manuscript and his family kneel before an altar in adoration of the Eucharist, shown in an elaborate gold monstrance. The image introduces a short service called the Office of the Holy Sacrament. Although the patrons of the book have not been identified, the richness of their fashionable attire and the costliness of the decorated book itself indicate that the couple was well-to-do. The patrons' presence in the image suggests that they felt a particular veneration for the Eucharist. The consecrated bread is thus shown here not in the context of an official Mass service but on the altar of a small family chapel. Although clearly divided by gender on either side of the altar, the couple and other household members are unified in their adoration of the Eucharist.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Devotion and Desire: Views of Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (July 25 to October 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 25 to October 8, 1995
Flemish Illumination of the Late Middle Ages (November 3, 1998 to January 17, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 3, 1998 to January 17, 1999
Illuminated Manuscripts from Belgium and the Netherlands (August 24, 2010 to February 6, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 24, 2010 to February 6, 2011