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Joan Avesta (Spanish, active Catalonia and southwest France, 1355–1390)
ca. 1370–90
Alabaster, traces of gilt, paint
Overall: 25 9/16 x 9 7/8 x 8 5/8 in. (64.9 x 25.1 x 21.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Found near the medieval fortified Languedoc town of Carcassonne, this figure of the Virgin—the Child is lost—is the work of a documented local sculptor, Joan Avesta, who carved a number of important funerary monuments in southwestern France and in Catalonia. He worked first in Toulouse, Carcassonne, and Belpech and eventually at the Cathedral of Gerona.
Found near Carcassonne, France; George Grey Barnard American, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1863–1938 New York, New York (until 1925)
Marincola, Michele D'Arcy. "'A Standing Virgin at The Cloisters: The Conservation and Restoration of a Medieval Alabaster,' Appearance and Reality: Recent Studies in Conservation.." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 55, no. 3 (Winter 1998). pp. 38-45, fig. 1-5, 7-11.

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