This is perhaps why so many of his works remain fascinatingly incomplete --even an apparently finished piece such as the monitory Monstrance
for a Grey Horse (Fig.
The ciboria, very abundant in Spain, were not highly disseminated in Portugal during the late medieval period, and were very often mingled in documents with the monstrances
or other objects designed to guard the Sacred Host: chests, boxes, safes, small coffers.
They ranged from golden earrings and wedding rings to sports shirts and soccer balls, bicycles, bullfighting regalia, and bejeweled monstrances
Nails and flinders of the true Cross; thigh bones, skulls, and hairs of popular Saints; and a unicorn's horn were encased in golden reliquaries and silver monstrances
and guarded deep within the vaults.
Although not on show, that 'sculptured' skull is adorned with diamonds, just like relics and monstrances
in the Catholic tradition.
DeMille had rebuilt a lost world for his Ben Hur: locating forgotten thuribles, monstrances
, Baroque tabernacles .
To the Cornish Protestant Arthur Quiller-Couch, editor of the Oxford Book of English Verse, the chalices and monstrances
of the Meynells' poet-prophet appeared as recondite as Yeats's private mythologies had been to Thompson.
Whatever they saw in the vials and monstrances
held out to them, they revered it as sanguis Christi offered pro nobis on Calvary.
Crucifixes, candlesticks, and holy water stoups, after all, weren't his bag; thuribles, chalices and monstrances
, not his cup of tea.
and papal processional crosses from the Pontifical Sacristy have never been on public display, but they and the other works included in Angels from the Vatican all share a motif in common: the depiction of angels by some of the most inspired artists of all time, truly the invisible made visible.
On leaving the museum - with a touch of gold fever - the traveler sees two immense and heavy monstrances
, receptacles in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration.
Zealous clergymen conquering the New World under the banner of God and King built churches and missions which needed chalices, ciboriums, monstrances
, alter bells, prayer frames and other silver items.