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The Centurion and Two Soldiers, from a Crucifixion Group

ca. 1340–50
Made in Meuse Valley, Netherlands
Marble, gilding
Overall: 26 7/16 x 8 7/8 x 4 1/4 in. (67.2 x 22.5 x 10.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Archer M. Huntington, in memory of his father, Collis Potter Huntington, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Said to have come from the collegiate church of Notre-Dame at Huy in Belgium, these figures were probably part of a large sculptural retable behind the altar. They are stylistically related to the marble Virgin and Child, exhibited nearby, ordered in 1345 for the church of Saint Catherine at Diest, Belgium.
Private Collection, Huy; Charles Stein, Paris (?); John Edward Taylor, London (until 1912); his sale, Christie's, London(July 1–4, 9 &10, 1912, no. 195); [ Jacques Seligmann, Paris (in 1912)]; Arabella Duval Huntington, New York; Archer M. Huntington, New York (until 1926)
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