Louis XIV on Horseback
|Date||1337—1341 (original), 1909 (cast)|
|Object type||plaster cast|
|Medium, technique||plaster cast|
115 × 86 × 13 cm
|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.
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