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Saint Elzéar

Date:
ca. 1370–73
Geography:
Made in Franciscan church of Apt, Provence, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Alabaster
Dimensions:
Overall: 14 1/8 x 9 3/16 x 4 3/4 in. (35.9 x 23.3 x 12.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.78
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Knight, count, and member of the Franciscan order, Saint Elzéar (1285–1323) lived a life of chastity, prayer, and charity. This work was among the eight sculptural reliefs illustrating his saintly life that decorated his large reliquary tomb, erected in 1373 at the Franciscan church at Apt. The tomb was destroyed in the wake of the French Revolution.
Said to have come from the tomb of St. Elzéar, Franciscan church at Apt (Vaucluse), France.; Peytel, Paris; George Grey Barnard (American, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1863–1938 New York); [ Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc., New York (sold 1927)]
Agnel, G. Arnaud d'. "Fragments d'un bas-relief du XIVe siècle provenant du mausolée de Saint Elzéar de Sabran." Bulletin Archéologique du Comité des Travaux Historiques et Scientifiques (1907). pp. 416-23, pl. 49.

Clérisseau, Charles Louis, and Esprit-Joseph Brun. Monographie du Palais Borély à Marseille: Décorations intérieures et extérieures, sculptures et peinture décoratives, meubles et objets d'art. Paris: Armand Guérinet, 1908. pl. 77.

Agnel, G. Arnaud d'. "Fragments d'un bas-relief du XIVe siècle provenant du mausolée de Saint Elzéar de Sabran." Bulletin archéologique du Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques (1911). pp. 361-68.

Breck, Joseph. "A Marble Sculpture of Saint Elzéar." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 24, no. 8 (August 1929). pp. 213-15.

Doré, Robert. "Apt." Congrès Archéologique de France 94 (1932). p. 73.

Aubert, Marcel. Description raisonnée des sculptures du Moyen Âge, de la Renaissance, et des temps modernes. Vol. 1. Paris: Musée du Louvre, 1950. p. 185.

Réau, Louis. Iconographie de l'art chrétien. Vol. 3, part 1. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1959. pp. 371, 427.

The International Style: The Arts in Europe around 1400. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1962. p. 94.

Müller, Theodor. Sculpture in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1966. p. 17, pl. 20B.

Baron, Françoise. "Le Mausolée de Saint Elzéar de Sabran à Apt." Bulletin Monumental 136, no. 3 (1978). pp. 271, 276, fig. 6, 11.

Legner, Anton, ed. Die Parler und der schöne Stil, 1350-1400: Europäische Kunst unter den Luxemburgern. Vol. 2. Cologne: Museen der Stadt Köln, 1978. p. 536.

Les fastes du gothique: Le siècle de Charles V. Paris: Éditions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1981. no. 71, pp. 124-5, fig. 71f.

Schwarz, Michael Viktor. Höfische Skulptur im 14. Jahrhundert: Entwicklungsphasen und Vermittlungswege im Vorfeld des Weichen Stils. Manuskripte zur Kunstwissenschaft in der Wernerschen Verlagsgesellschaft, Vol. 6. Worms: Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft, 1986. pp. 146, 416, fig. 40.

Fajt, Jiri. "Havelberg, Paris, Prag. Überlegungen zur Herkunft einiger Werke aus dem Umfeld des Bischofs Johann Wöpelitz im Havelberger Dom." In Niederländische Kunstexporte nach Nord- und Ostmitteleuropa vom 14. bis 16. Jahrhundert: Forschungen zu ihren Anfängen, zur Rolle höfischer Auftraggeber, der Künstler und ihrer Werkstattbetriebe, edited by Jiri Fajt, and Markus Hörsch. Studia Jagellonica Lipsiensia 15. Ostfildern: Jan Thorbecke, 2014. p. 187, fig. 2.



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