Woodblock of a monstrance
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Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case V, shelf 106
The woodblock is finely worked with the image of a monstrance, a receptacle used to hold and display the Host (the unleavened bread representing the body of Christ) in a transparent container. Careful crosshatching to create the effect of light and shade are visible.
Monstrances were familiar features in Renaissance churches, following the increasing importance attached to the Host and especially its elevation as the central part of the Mass. As veneration of the Host increased, so special attention was paid to the way it was displayed.
Place of Origin
Anononymous, woodblock with an image of a montrance; Spanish; 16th century
Prints; Images Online; Christianity; Metalwork; Religion
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