The Mass of Saint Gregory

Simon Beningabout 1535–1540

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

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.


  • Title: The Mass of Saint Gregory
  • Creator: Simon Bening
  • Date Created: about 1535–1540
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 13.7 × 10 cm (5 3/8 × 3 15/16 in.)
  • Type: Detached leaf
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold paint, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.ML.83.1.verso
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 3, leaf 1v
  • Creator Display Name: Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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