Altar frontal of the Corpus Christi

Altar frontal of the Corpus Christi
 

Altar frontal of the Corpus Christi

 

Altar frontal of the Corpus Christi

On the extreme lower right are represented two scenes related to the same theme. In the first, a pile of coins – perhaps croats or diners of Medieval Barcelona – appears disbursed on the table top as part of a bet in a game of dice depicted. Bets, dice, tokens or counters and money have been at hand since Antiquity, and were condemned in the Middle Ages for their immorality and incentive to sin. In this case, it seems that one of the players has relied on a sacred form by means of a good-luck talisman, in what becomes, definitively, a story of profanation of the eucharist. The adjacent scene probably shows the cheating player, with the money already tucked in his purse, at the momento of his being arrested for sacrilege.

 

Altar frontal of the Corpus Christi, Master of Vallbona de les Monges (Guillem Seguer?), c. 1335-1345

Room 18

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