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The Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament: Making Time in Leuven’s St. Peter’s Church

The Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament: Making Time in Leuven’s St. Peter’s Church

Chapter:
(p.64) Chapter Two The Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament: Making Time in Leuven’s St. Peter’s Church
Source:
The Fullness of Time
Author(s):
Matthew S. Champion
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226514826.003.0003

This chapter examines a collection of texts and images from Leuven’s new university and St Peter’s church. It first analyses the temporalities of the commission and composition of Dieric Bouts’s altarpiece made for the confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament and depicting the institution of the Eucharist. It then places the altarpiece in the context of the liturgy and in dialogue with fraught contemporary academic debates over the possible truthfulness of statements about future contingents waged between the Leuven professors Peter de Rivo and Henri de Zomeron. This analysis illuminates a dominant conception of time in the fifteenth-century Low Countries – a contrast between limited human discursive temporality and God’s intuitive glance from eternity – as well as showing how eternity could be situated in relation to a fullness of time.

Keywords:   time, temporality, eternity, altarpiece, Dieric Bouts, future contingents, Peter de Rivo, Eucharist, Leuven, liturgy

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