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The Mystic Wine Press
  • Romania
  • The Mystic Wine Press, late 1700s–early 1800s
  • Where object was made: Principalities of Wallacia and Moldavia (present-day Romania)
  • reverse painting on glass
  • Canvas/Support: 33 x 27.3 cm
    Canvas/Support: 13 x 10 3/4 in
  • The Mildred Lee Ward Collection
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, W5
  • 2010.0053
Label Text

Mobile App Exhibition Label:
"The Object Speaks", 15-Oct-2016
Iconography of Jesus in the winepress, where his body becomes grapes that become wine, connects Jesus’ suffering during the Crucifixion to the Christian rite of the Eucharist, in which bread and wine are consumed in remembrance of his body and blood. This representation of the mystic winepress showing Jesus with a vine growing from a wound in his side is distinctive to the region of Romania.