The Mass of Saint Gregory
Attributed to Diego de la Cruz, Spanish (Castile), active 1482 - 1500
Made in Spain, Europe Date:
Oil and gold on panelDimensions:
46 x 27 9/16 inches (116.8 x 70 cm)
European Painting before 1900, Johnson CollectionObject Location:
* Gallery 205, European Art 1100-1500, second floorAccession Number:
Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, the George W. Elkins Fund, and with the bequest of Miss Anne Thompson (by exchange), 1993
A subject popular in Spanish Renaissance painting is this miraculous Mass celebrated by Pope Gregory the Great (died 604), during which a vision of the dead Christ and the symbols of his suffering and death appeared.
Chalandon Collection, Paris ; sold to Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., New York and Paris, by 1934 and still in 1941 . Borislav Bogdanovich (as agent for dealer Jean Neger, Paris), New York, by 1956; sold to Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, 1956 ; sold to PMA, 1993.
1. According to Chandler Rathfon Post, A History of Spanish Painting, vol. 5, Cambridge, MA, 1934, p. 324. Probably Georges Chalandon, son of the Lyon collector Albin Chalandon.
2. Post, p. 324. Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co. was the New York branch of Arnold Seligmann & Cie., Paris. Seligmann & Co. were the lenders to the exhibition "Spanish Painting," Toledo Museum of Art, March 16-April 27, 1941, no. 28.
3. Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial collection files (copy in curatorial file).
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