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Nuremberg, Germany
Hans von Kulmbach (German, ca. 1485–1522)
Monstrance, ca. 1520
Silver and glass
42 × 12 × 7 1/2 in. (106.68 × 30.48 × 19.05 cm)
Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg M1991.78
Photo credit: Larry Sanders
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Elaborate liturgical vessels were created throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance to both adorn and celebrate church ritual and belief. This monstrance was made in order to hold the sacred host, which Catholic doctrine holds is transformed into the body of Christ during the ceremony of Mass. In this particular monstrance, the host would have been contained in the cylindrical glass chamber, which is surrounded by ornate silverwork featuring saints and forms emulating the spires and buttresses of cathedral architecture.

Publication History
Winters, Laurie et al., A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 114, cat. 53, color illus. p. 115.

Leeds-Hurwitz, Wendy. Semiotics and Communication: Signs, Codes, Cultures. Hillsdale, New Jersey, 1993, p. 24, b/w fig. 2.1 (as ca. 1480).
Exhibition History
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.