Grail with Sacrament

Grail with Sacrament

15th century
Country
England
stained glass
Stained Glass
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust
2020.12

Artist not known
Grail with Sacrament, about 1400
Glass, lead
Inscribed, Bella premu[n]t hostilia Da robur fer auxilium [“Our foes press on from every side, thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.”]
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2020.12

Dimensions
height: 14 1/4 in, 36.195 cm; width: 12 1/2 in, 31.75 cm; depth: 1/2 in, 1.27 cm; overall height: 15 1/8 in, 38.4175 cm
Department
European and American Art Before 1900
Collection
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Artist not known

Grail with Sacrament, about 1400

Glass, lead

14 1/5 x 12 ½ in. (36 x 32 cm)

Glass, lead

Inscribed, Bella premu[n]t hostilia Da robur fer auxilium [“Our foes press on from every side, thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.”]

Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18555

This piece of stained glass represents the two elements of the Christian ritual of the Eucharist: a grail, the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and the host, or sacramental bread. Around the image is a scroll on which is inscribed an excerpt from a thirteenth-century hymn, “O salutaris hostia.” The piece is composed of the stained glass element set within a frame of lead and clear glass. It was created at a time when England was still Roman Catholic. It was likely cut from a church window, possibly to be replaced by an alternate image. The piece could represent an effort to salvage elements from a Roman Catholic church stripped of religious art following Henry VIII’s founding of the Church of England.

Known Provenance
Private collection, England; Sarandon Associates, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; from which acquired by William M. B. and Bernadette Berger, Denver, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2020. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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