Saint Juliana (c.1191–1258) was a 16-year-old nun when she began to have visions whilst praying. She interpreted the appearance of the moon, marked with a stain, as a rebuke to the Church for not having a feast day to celebrate the miraculous transformation of the bread and wine during the Mass. The feast of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ, was first celebrated in 1246 following Juliana’s intervention. Champaigne’s severe geometric composition may have been partly intended as a reference to the austere rule which Juliana instituted as prioress.
Where to see this painting?
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, B15 2TS
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.