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Saint Peter as the First Pope

before 1348
Made in present-day Spain
Pine partially covered with canvas, gesso, and paint
Overall: 79 x 22 5/8 x 13 in. (200.7 x 57.5 x 33 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Indentified by his papal tiara, the apostle Peter wears an ornately decorated ecclesiastical vestment (chasuble). The keys signifying his role as guardian of the gates to Heaven, which were given to him by Christ, are missing. The inscription indicates that the sculpture was commissioned by Bernat Pere, chaplain at the cathedral, who died in 1348.
Inscription: BN: P: VIQUARI: D:SAT:P: [FEU:FE]R: ESTES: [?] HIMAGES:… DE:PERPEYA:NOS:FE[U] (Bernat Pere, vicar of [the church of] Saint Peter, had these [?] images made. [signature] of Perpignan made [them] for us)
From the church of Saint Michael (formerly church of Saint Peter), La Seu d'Urgell ; Conde de las Almenas, Madrid; [ American Art Galleries, New York (sold 1927)]
Important Mediaeval and Early Renaissance Works of Art from Spain: Sculptures, Furniture, Textiles, Tapestries and Rugs, Collection of Conde de las Almenas, Madrid, Spain. New York: American Art Association, January 13–15, 1927. no. 359, pp. 212–13.

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Duran i Sanpere, Augustí, and Juan Ainaud de Lasarte. Escultura gótica. Ars Hispaniae, Vol. 8. Madrid: Plus-Ultra, 1956. p. 198, fig. 192.

Durliat, Marcel. L'art en el regne de Mallorca. Els treballs i els dies 1. Mallorca: Editorial Moll, 1964. pp. 243-44, pl. XXX A.

Byne, Arthur, and Mildred Stapley. Spanish Interiors and Furniture. New York: Dover Books, 1969. pl. 109.

Hayward, Jane. "Sacred Vestments as They Developed in the Middle Ages." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 29, no. 7 (March 1971). p. 307, fig. 11.

Beeson, Nora B., ed. Guide to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. no. 43, p. 220.

Husband, Timothy B., and Charles T. Little. Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 98, p. 105.

Museu Frederic Marès. Catàleg d'escultura i pintura medievals, edited by Francesca Español, and Joaquín Yarza Luaces. Fons del Museu Frederic Marès 1. Barcelona: Ajuntament de Barcelona, 1991. p. 360.

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Pladevall i Font, Antoni, ed. L'art Gòtic a Catalunya. Escultura I: La configuració de l'estil. Barcelona: Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2007. pp. 249.

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