La exaltación de la Eucaristía. Custodias neogranadinas del siglo XVIII
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AuthorshipPaniagua Pérez, Jesús
The Council of Trent gave rise in the Catholic world to an exaltation of the sacrament of the Eucharist as a response to the considerations of the Protestant Reform. This exaltation, which coincides with the Spanish gaining control over New Granada, would reach its peak in the 18th century and was accompanied by the creation of a great number of monstrances that the liturgy permitted to be shown to the congregation, in particular during the processions of Corpus Christi. This gave rise to the elaboration of pieces of greatly differing quality, in accordance with the possibilities of each parish. We can find pieces that range from the simplest popular pieces to the ornate monstrances of Bogotá and of Popayán. The outstanding characteristic of almost all of them was the use of emeralds as an ornamental gemstone, produced within the jurisdiction of New Granada itself.