Tomáš Kasal MA
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New and everlasting Covenant | The Cult of the Eucharist in Visual Art
April 23 – October 4/2015
Olomouc Archdiocesan Museum | Ambit
St. Wenceslas Cathedral | Crypt
Archbishop’s Palace in Olomouc | Gallery
The Eucharist (from Greek “thanksgiving”) is one the three most important sacraments (together with Baptism and Confirmation) that are a part of a Christian life. The Eucharist was first instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper when he offer bread and wine to his disciples as his body and blood as a symbol of the new and everlasting covenant and a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice through crucifixion. The Eucharist has an exceptional position among the sacraments. It is considered to be the ultimate evidence of God’s presence in Christ, as well as an elementary expression of the reverence people show to God. All the other sacraments are related to the Eucharist and aim to it.
The exhibition, arranged in the occasion of the liturgical Year of the Eucharist and National Eucharistic Congress 2015, focuses on an artistic depiction of the Eucharist as one of the fundamental parts of Christian liturgy. This important topic of Christian faith is represented by various exhibits from the Middle Ages to the present day in a wide range of artistic forms – from the Old Testament prototypes of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross; the institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper; the symbolism of devotional images with Eucharistic subtext; the revival of the topic of Eucharist during the Counter-Reformation and its baroque celebration to the view of the contemporary art.
The exhibition, organized by Olomouc Museum of Art in cooperation with Olomouc Archdiocese, is presented in three places: the crypt of Saint Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc – presenting especially handicraft items related to the liturgy; the ambit of Archdiocesan Museum Olomouc with a selection of paintings; and the exhibition gallery of Archbishop’s palace in Olomouc – exhibiting graphic and book art.
the Risen Christ, 20 to 30 years of the 18th century, Olomouc, Church of Our Lady of the Snows
Moravia (?), about 1700, emroidery made of coloured silk and silver threads, Olomouc, Roman Catholic Parish of St Wenceslas.
Angel gives Holy Communion Stanislaus Kostka, Olomouc 1728, oil on canvas, Olomouc, Church of Our Lady of the Snows.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 1756, oil on canvas, Šternberk Roman Catholic Parish
Veduta Duomo in Firenze with the procession of Corpus Christi, 1744, etching, Archbishopric of Olomouc, Kroměříž Archdiocesan Museum
Monstrance, Olomouc, about 1700, silver, gilding, glass, Senice na Hané Roman Catholic Parish.
Chalice with Paten, Olomouc, about 1700, silver,gilding, precious stones, enamel, Senice na Hané Roman Catholic Parish.
St Barbara and St Margaret – protectors against plague, 1679, oil on canvas, Klobouky u Brna Roman Catholic Parish.
The Mass of St Norbert, about 1721, oil on canvas, Svatý Kopeček, Church of the Visitation of Our Lady.