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Part of Medieval Art and The Cloisters
Date: late 12th centuryAccession Number: 25.120.1–.134
Date: ca. 1225Accession Number: 57.63
Date: ca. 1180–1200Accession Number: 60.140
Date: second half of the 12th centuryAccession Number: 34.21.1
Date: ca. 960Accession Number: 25.120.508
Date: second half of the 12th centuryAccession Number: 34.21.2
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Natural light streams through a skylight into this cloister, which was reconstructed with more than 140 fragments from the Benedictine abbey of St.-Guilhem-le-Désert. Located northwest of Montpellier, it was founded in the early ninth century and quickly became a major pilgrimage site. The exquisite limestone carvings of both narrative scenes and intricate plant motifs come from the now-destroyed upper story of the abbey's cloister, dating from the late twelfth century. Important twelfth-century sculptures from France, Italy, and Spain on the peripheral walls provide informative comparisons.
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