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Tomb Effigy of Jean d'Alluye

Date:
mid-13th century
Geography:
Made in Touraine, Loire Valley
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
83 1/2 x 34 1/4 in. (212.1 x 87 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Architectural
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1925
Accession Number:
25.120.201
  • Description

    Jean d'Alluye was a knight of Philip Augustus and one of the principal nobles of the Loire Valley. His career included a trip to the Holy Land, where he acquired a relic of the True Cross. In 1248 he was buried at La Clarté-Dieu, the abbey near Tours that he had founded in 1239. This effigy, in an attitude of prayer, was turned upside down and used as a bridge over a nearby stream. Around 1900 it was purchased from a Paris dealer by George Grey Barnard, an American whose collection forms the core of The Cloisters.

  • Provenance

    From the Cistercian abbey of La Clarté-Dieu, north of Tours, France; [ Georges J. Demotte 1877–1923 , Paris and New York] ; George Grey Barnard American, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1863–1938 New York , New York (until 1925)

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