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The Eucharist Maso di Banco Giuseppe Lelli (cast maker)


Maso di Banco active in Florence in the second half of the 14th century

Giuseppe Lelli (cast maker) Firenze

Date 1337—1341 (original), 1909 (cast)
Object type plaster cast
Medium, technique plaster cast

115 × 86 × 13 cm

Inventory number Rg.136
Collection Sculptures
On view Star Fortress (Komárom), Corridor E

The rhombic relief decorates the lower part of the bell tower of the Florence Cathedral, built between 1334 and 1359. The reliefs on the northern façade of the tower, which depict the Seven Sacraments (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, the Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, Holy Orders) were carved by Giotto’s most talented pupil, Maso di Banco (active from ca. 1335 – deceased 1348). The relief representing the Eucharist depicts a priest from the rear offering Mass with a kneeling ministrant at his side. The priest is holding up high above the altar the Holy Sacrament, which becomes the body and blood of Christ during the Consecration.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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