Column Statue of an Apostle

North Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

Column statues showing apostles began to appear in France and northern Italy from the mid-twelfth century onward. Too large to have come from a cloister—like the sculpture opposite from Saint-Denis—this column may have supported a pulpit or tomb. The Romanizing philosopher type with scroll suggests the figure represents Saint Paul.

Column Statue of an Apostle, Stone (Encrinite), North Italian

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