Casket of Maria of Cervellò and altar
ID
 
47
 
Original Country
 
Spain
 
Region
 
Catalonia (Catalunya)
 
Sorting Title
 
Casket of Maria of Cervellò and altar
 
Subject
 

Coffin of Maria de Cervellò.

 
Historical Context
 

The second order of Nuestra Senora de la Mercè was founded in 1265 by Maria of Cervellò (1230-90), daughter of Lord Bernat Guillem of Cervello. Like the original male branch of the order (founded 1218), the second order was dedicated to ransoming captives. The female branch does not seem to have lasted long, and may not have even outlived its founder. Although the existence of the order is not in doubt, there is no evidence that any actual female communities were ever founded. Innocent XII canonized Maria de Cervello in 1689, and her reportedly incorrupt body lies in the casket pictured here.

 
Current Repository
 

Church of the Mare de Deu de la Mercè, Barcelona, Spain

 
Photo Credit
 
Marie Kelleher
 
Image of Casket of Maria of Cervellò and altar.