Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Saint Petronilla

Date:
1330–40
Geography:
Made in Lleida, present-day Spain
Culture:
Catalan
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
Overall (a: standing figure): 79 1/2 in. (201.9 cm) b: canopy: 17 1/2 x 24 in. (44.5 x 61 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1947
Accession Number:
47.101.12a, b
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 9
Like the image of Saint Margaret (47.101.13a), this sculpture came from a canopied niche high over the entrance to the Montcada family chapel in the cathedral of Lerida. It represents Saint Petronilla, to whom the chapel was originally dedicated. When it was rebuilt in 1328 at the order of Ot de Montcada the elder, the dedication was changed to Saint Peter, legendarily considered to have been her father.
The provenance of the stone vaulted canopy above the figure (47.101.12b) is unknown.
From the Montcada family chapel of Sant Pere in the cathedral of Santa Maria de la Seu Vella, Lleida; [ Nicolas Brimo, Paris (sold 1934) ] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1934–1947)]
Rorimer, James J. "Four Tombs from Las Avellanas and Other Gothic Sculptures." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 8, no. 8 (April 1950). p. 236, ill. pp. 237, 239.

Rorimer, James J. The Cloisters: The Building and the Collection of Mediaeval Art in Fort Tryon Park, New York. 11th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1951. pp. 74-6, fig. 38.

Spanish Medieval Art: A Loan Exhibition in Honor of Dr. Walter W.S. Cook. New York: Institute of Fine Arts Alumni Association, 1954. no. 51.

Rorimer, James J. The Cloisters: The Building and the Collection of Medieval Art in Fort Tryon Park. 3rd revised ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1963. pp. 104-6, fig. 47.

Lladonosa i Pujol, Josep. Història de Lleida. Vol. 1. Tàrrega: F. Camps Calmet, Editor, 1972. pl. 103.

Young, Bonnie. A Walk Through The Cloisters. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. p. 89.

Wixom, William D. "Medieval Sculpture at The Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 46, no. 3 (Winter 1988-1989). p. 53.

Young, Bonnie. A Walk Through The Cloisters. 5th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1988. p. 89.

Esteve i Perendreu, Francesc. "La capella dels Montcada a la Seu Vella de Lleida." Els Montcada i Alfons de Borja a la Seu Vella de Lleida (1991). p. 86.

Beseran i Ramon, Pere. La Memòria dels Montcada: Les tombes gòtiques de la capella de Sant Pere de la Seu Vella de Lleida. Lleida: Museu de Lleida: diocesa i comarcal, 2003. pp. 86-88.



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