The Vision and the vocation of Isaiah
The Cathedral’s Altar of Repose Manuel Pereira and collaborators, Portugal
In 1648, the board of trustees of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament determined to build an altar of repose for the deposition of the Holy Eucharist on Maunday Thursday.

The work was supervised by woodcarver Manuel Pereira and was completed in 1654.

It was a remarkable moveable structure in the shape of a stepped pyramid, consisting of wooden panels with carved low-relief Eucharist scenes.

It was assembled before the Altar of Good Lord Jesus on the southern side of the transept every year, during the Holy Week. Due to its size, a house was built specifically for the purpose of storing the altar of repose every time it was dismantled.

In the process of mounting and dismounting the structure, some pieces have suffered deterioration, and others have been lost or disassembled. Among the latter, a few were added to the chancel’s altarpiece, where they remained until the altar’s restoration in 2013-2014.

Polychrome and gilded wooden bas-relief
Dimensions: Dimension: width: 137 cm height: 166 cm

Funchal Cathedral (Sé)
17th century
Fernão Muñoz
Martim Conrado