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Saint Michael

Date:
ca. 1530
Geography:
Made in Castile-León, Spain
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Wood, paint, and gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 73 1/2 in., 235lb. (186.7 cm, 106.6kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1953
Accession Number:
53.65
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 20
The warrior-archangel Michael, clad in intricately carved and painted armor, treads on a dragon, a symbol of the devil. In his left hand, he carried scales, symbolic of the Last Judgment, to which he summoned earthly souls. Michael’s right hand once held a lance, and his wings have been lost. The forward-bending pose and foreshortening indicate that the figure was made to be positioned at a considerable height, perhaps above or flanking the central shrine of a large retable.
[ Michelle Schutz, Paris (sold 1937)] ; [ Brummer Gallery(1937–sold 1949)] ; Joseph Brummer Collection sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (April 20-23, 1949, no. 504) ; [ Paula de Koenigsberg, New York and Buenos Aires (1949?–sold 1953)]
The Notable Art Collection belonging to the Estate of the Late Joseph Brummer. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, April 20–23, 1949. no. 504, pp. 126-7.

Exposición de obras maestras siglos XII al XVII: Coleccion Paula de Koenigsberg. Buenos Aires: Museo Municipal de Arte Hispano Americano, 1951. no. 57, p. 21, pl. XVIII.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. no. 127, pp. 173, 199.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. 75th Anniversary ed. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 178-179.



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