Capital with Angels Holding the Veil of Saint Veronica, with a Column, ca. 132575
Northern Italy (Veneto?)
Limestone, traces of polychromy; Capital: 15 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. (39.1 x 51 cm); shaft: 43 1/2 x 15 in. (110.5 x 38.1 cm); base: 15 x 20 x 1 1/6 in. (38.1 x 51 cm)
Purchase, Gifts of Irwin Untermeyer, J. Pierpont Morgan, and Marcus T. Reynolds, by exchange; Bequests of George D. Pratt, Susan Dwight Bliss, and Henry Victor Burgy, by exchange; and Rogers and Frederic C. Hewitt Funds, 1981 (1981.9ac)
The face portrayed on Veronica's veil is the Vera Icon (True Portrait of Christ). According to legend, when Veronica wiped Jesus' face as he was led to Calvary, his image was miraculously imprinted on the cloth, which was eventually taken to Saint Peter's in Rome. Such images were intended to inspire meditation through the visual identification with Christ's likeness.