RAFFAELLO Sanzio
(b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma)

The Mass at Bolsena (detail)

1512
Fresco, width of detail: 136 cm
Stanza di Eliodoro, Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican

As in The Expulsion of Heliodorus, Raphael here made Julius II a witness of a miracle that took place in the past. On 7 September 1506 Julius had stopped at the cathedral at Orvieto to see the relic of the cloth that was used to wipe the blood from the Eucharist, and thereby to demonstrate his personal connection with the miracle for which Urban IV had instituted the Feast of Corpus Christi.




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