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Head of a Youth

ca. 1150–75
Made in Provence, France
Overall: 7 1/16 x 5 11/16 x 5 5/8 in. (18 x 14.4 x 14.3 cm) Brass Pin: 2 1/4 x 1/2 in. (5.7 x 1.3 cm) weight: 10lb. (4536g)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Meyer Schapiro, 1996
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The pilgrimage church of Saint-Gilles-du-Gard reveals the strong influence of antiquity on Romanesque art in France. This head can be associated with the church on stylistic grounds and demonstrates the influence of locally available ancient Roman sculpture. The ancient tradition was transformed through the simplification and stylization of facial features. Surprisingly the left and right sides of the face reveal two different stylistic modes.
Possibly from the Church of Saint-Gilles-du-Gard; [ Buchholz Gallery, New York(sold 1944)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (from 1944)]; Meyer Schapiro (American (born Lithuania), 1904–1996), New York
Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. Medieval Art from Private Collections: A Special Exhibition at The Cloisters, October 30, 1968 through January 5, 1969. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968. no. 25.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1997-1998." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 56, no. 2 (Fall 1998). p. 16.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 86, pp. 72–73.

Wixom, William D. "Medieval Sculpture at the Metropolitan: 800 to 1400." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 62, no. 4 (2005). p. 16.

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. 3, pp. 25-26.

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