Skip to main content

The Mass of St. Gregory: 708

An image of Painting

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


The Mass of St. Gregory






History note: Painted for Alonso Ruiz de Cavala, c. 1480, priest of the church of Torrico, Toledo province, Spain, where it hung from about this time; with the Spanish Art Gallery, London (Lionel Harris), 1910; on loan from them October 1910, and subsequently purchased by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 55.9 cm
Width: 38.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1910) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of panel (wood)

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Tempera? on panel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: O fili d.y miserere mey
  • Location: On the donor's scroll
  • Text: el cura del torrico / alonso ruys de cakala
  • Location: On the platform
  • Text: ..ssarrillo
  • Location: On the step
  • Text: esta imagen mando hazer alonso ruiz de cavala cura desta yglesya qual quier que delante della rezare syete vezes el pater noster con el ave maria gana setenta et tres mill annos de perdon los viernes del anno doblados el viernes santo indulgencia plenaria otorgados por sannt gregorio e sus sucesores
  • Location: Verso

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: 708
Primary reference Number: 3046
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 9 December 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "The Mass of St. Gregory" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-04-24 01:02:28

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=The Mass of St. Gregory |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-04-24 01:02:28|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="The Mass of St. Gregory"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">The Mass of St. Gregory</figcaption>

More objects and works of art you might like

The Mass of St. Gregory

Accession Number: 4004

Leaf from a Book of Hours

Accession Number: Marlay cutting Fr. 6

Leaf from a Book of Hours

Accession Number: Marlay cutting Fl. 5c

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...