Choir screen panel (one of six)

Craftsmen supervised by Nicolas Castille

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544

These panels constitute an early example of the French use of the ancient candelabra motif, favored in Italy, in which abstract ornament, fantastic beings, fruits, and foliage are combined in a vertical arrangement. The roundels at the bottom feature pairs of figures or scenes, such as Saint George slaying the dragon and a musician performing with his dancing dog next to a woman holding a monkey, as well as a profile portrait of the patron, Cardinal Georges d’Amboise (1460–1510). The panels were originally part of a screen separating the choir from the rest of the chapel at the cardinal’s celebrated château de Gaillon in Normandy. The Rouen woodworker Colin Castille supervised the carving of the panels, one of which is based on a design by Giovanni Pietro da Birago (act. 1490-1513).

Choir screen panel (one of six), Craftsmen supervised by Nicolas Castille (active 1503–21), Carved oak, French, Normandy

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