The Mass of Saint Gregory, 1511



Gift of Herschel V. Jones, 1927expand_more  P.11,008

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While celebrating Mass in Rome, Pope Gregory the Great reportedly saw Christ miraculously rise above a sarcophagus, accompanied by symbols of the Passion. This legend gave birth to the Gregorian Man of Sorrows. With an eye to naturalism, Albrecht Dürer leaned a small devotional picture against the altar, perhaps to model for the viewer how contemplation can lead to visualization.

The Mass of Saint Gregory
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B.123, 142; K.263; M.226 os
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