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Woodblock of a monstrance

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    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

Spain (made)


1500-1600 (made)



Descriptive line

Anononymous, woodblock with an image of a montrance; Spanish; 16th century

Subjects depicted



Prints; Images Online; Christianity; Metalwork; Religion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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