Monstrance, Attributed to Diego de Atienza (Spanish (Guadalajara), active in Lima, mid-17th century), Silver gilt with enamel, cast, chased, and engraved, Peruvian, probably Lima

Monstrance

Maker:
Attributed to Diego de Atienza (Spanish (Guadalajara), active in Lima, mid-17th century)
Date:
1646/9
Culture:
Peruvian, probably Lima
Medium:
Silver gilt with enamel, cast, chased, and engraved
Dimensions:
Height: 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.231a, b
Not on view
The inscription indicates that this monstrance was made for Pedro de Urraca, a Spanish-born Mercedarian friar who spent most of his life in Ecuador and Peru, where he was revered for the holiness of his ministry. Urraca probably commissioned the monstrance from Atienzia as a gift to his native parish of Jadraque in Guadalajara, Spain. Such donations are responsible for the presence of much New World silver in Spanish churches.

Although the monstrance stem conforms to the "Severe" style of silver in early seventeenth-century Spain, the elaborate composition of the sol anticipates the distinctive development of the form in Peru.
Inscription: Engraved around the four sides of the base:
EL PADRE FR, P[EDR]O DE URREA NATVRAL DESTA VI[LL]A / DE XADARQVE DIO ESTE SAGRARIO A ESTA / IGLESIA MAIOR DONDE FVE BATICADO / RVEGEN A DIOS POR EL ANO 1646 (changed later to 1649)

Transliteration: El Padre Francesco Pedro Urrea natural de esta villa de Xadarque dio este sagrario a esta iglesia maior donde fue bauticado. Ruegen a dios por el año 1646 (changed later to 1649).

Translation: Father Francesco, Pedro de Urrea, native of this town of Xadarque gave this monstrance to this great church in which he was baptised, Pray to God for him in the year 1646/9.
Michael Friedsam (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)