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The Mass of Saint Gregory

Attributed to Diego de la Cruz, Spanish (Castile), active 1482 - 1500

Made in Spain, Europe

c. 1490

Oil and gold on panel

46 x 27 9/16 inches (116.8 x 70 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 205, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

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Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, the George W. Elkins Fund, and with the bequest of Miss Anne Thompson (by exchange), 1993

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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 [1]; sold to Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., New York and Paris, by 1934, until at least 1941 [2]. Borislav Bogdanovich (as agent for dealer Jean Neger, Paris), New York, by 1956; sold to Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, 1956 [3]; 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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