Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Head of a Youth

ca. 1100–1120
Made in Toulouse, France
Overall: 8 7/16 x 6 7/16 x 4 5/8 in. (21.4 x 16.4 x 11.7 cm)
Pin: 2 1/2 x 1/2 in. (6.4 x 1.3 cm)
weight: 13lb. (5.9kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ella Brummer, in memory of Ernest Brummer, 1976
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Saint-Sernin in Toulouse was an important church along the famed pilgrimage road leading to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. This elegant head of a youth wearing a seafarer’s hat was originally part of the decoration of the west façade of the church the sculpture of which was removed during the French Revolution. Stylistically similar reliefs can also be found at centers in northern Spain.
From the Church of Saint-Sernin, Toulouse (Haute-Garonne); [ Lucien J. Demotte, Paris and New York (sold March 26, 1938)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (from March 26, 1938–1949)]; Ernest and Ella Brummer, New York (1949–until 1976)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred and Sixth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1975 through June 30, 1976." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 106 (1976). pp. 51-52.

Gazette des Beaux-Arts. "La Chronique des Arts: Principales acquisitions en 1975." Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 6th ser., 89 (March 1977). p. 40, fig. 165.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1975-1979 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1979). pp. 22-23, ill. p. 23.

Little, Charles T., David L. Simon, and Leslie Bussis Tait. "Romanesque Sculpture in North American Collections. XXV. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Part V: Southwestern France." Gesta 26, no. 1 (1987). no. 4, pp. 63-64, fig. 4.

Little, Charles T., ed. The Art of Medieval Spain, A.D. 500–1200. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 87, pp. 206-207.

Little, Charles T., ed. Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture. New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. no. 1, pp. 21-22.

Cazes, Quitterie. Saint-Sernin de Toulouse: De Saturnin au chef-d'œuvre de l'art roman. Graulhet: Éditions Odyssée, 2008. pp. 292-93.

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