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Saint Firmin Holding His Head

ca. 1225–75
Made in Amiens, France
Limestone and paint
Overall: 43 1/2 x 15 x 13in. (110.5 x 38.1 x 33cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Saint Firmin was a fourth-century missionary who became the first bishop of Amiens and the patron saint of that city. Here the saint is shown as if living while holding his decapitated head. This statue is said to have come from the destroyed bishop’s palace at Amiens.
[ Bauer Collection, Paris]; [ Henri Daguerre, Paris]; Mr. and Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt, Brooklyn and Glen Cove, N.Y. (1910-1936)
Taylor, Isidore-Justin-Sévérin, Charles Nodier, and Achille Alexandre Alphonse de Cailleux. Voyages Pittoresques et Romantiques dans l'Ancienne France. Paris, 1820-1878. Section 36.

Calland, Henri. Guide de l'étranger à Amiens; Description de ses Monuments Anciens et Modernes, Suivie d'une Biographie des Hommes Remarquables qui Aont nés dans Cette Cité. 4th ed. 1867. pp. 137-38.

Dehaisnes, C. L'art à Amiens vers la fin du moyen âge dans ses rapports avec l'école flamande primitive. 1889. p. 20.

Durand, Georges. Monographie de l'église Notre-Dame: Cathédrale d'Amiens. 1901.

Medding, Wolfgang. Die Westportale der Kathedrale von Amiens und ihre Meister. 1930. pp. 58-59, fig. 2.

Rorimer, James J. "Recent Gifts in the Department of Mediaeval Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 31, no. 10 (October 1936). p. 198, fig. 1-2.

Little, Charles T. "Monumental Gothic Sculpture from Amiens in American Collections." In Pierre, lumière, couleur: Études d’histoire de l’art du Moyen Âge en l’honneur d’Anne Prache, edited by Fabienne Joubert, and Dany Sandron. Paris: Presses de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1999. pp. 252-253.

Little, Charles T., ed. Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture. New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. no. 81, pp. 196-197.

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