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: about 1535 - 1540
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 13.7 x 10 cm (5 3/8 x 3 15/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold paint, and ink on parchment
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 3, leaf 1v
  • Object Type: Detached leaf
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: Ms. 3, leaf 1v
  • Department: Manuscripts
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Classification: Manuscripts


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