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Relief of a Bishop

ca. 1400–1440
South Netherlandish
Overall (w/o mount): 20 7/8 x 9 3/16 x 2 13/16 in. (53 x 23.4 x 7.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2002
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 19
This profile image of a bishop, carved in the dark limestone characteristic of the South Lowlands, is a fragment of a larger funerary relief. Although isolated from its original context, the sculpture still conveys the solemnity of the memorial monument. The image was carved at about the time when the workshop of Robert Campin, which created the Annunciation Triptych in this gallery, was producing seminal works in Tournai, where an important group of relief sculptures similar to this one is preserved in the cathedral.
Brimo de Laroussilhe(sold 2002)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2002-2003." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 61, no. 2 (Fall 2003). p. 14.

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