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Gothic Doorway

Date:
ca. 1520–30
Geography:
Made in Poitou, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 175 x 106 in. (444.5 x 269.2 cm)
Classification:
Installations
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
40.147.3
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 16
The reverse curves and lush foliate cusps above the pointed arch of this doorway are typical of late medieval Flamboyant ("flaming") Gothic design, while the moldings terminating in clustered bases represent a holdover from earlier Gothic styles. The flanking buttresses ending in tall pinnacles that frame the richly decorated connecting moldings emphasize the verticality of the structure - a primary characteristic of the Gothic mode.
From the Château at La Roche-Gençay; Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr., Pocantico Hills, NY (until 1940)
Sanfaçon, Roland. "A Flamboyant Gothic Portal from Poitou at The Cloisters." Metropolitan Museum Journal 42 (2007). pp. 83-94, fig. 1.

Husband, Timothy B. "Creating the Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 70, no. 4 (Spring 2013). pp. 15, 16, fig. 26.

Wu, Nancy Y. "Roriczer, Schmuttermayer, and Two Late Gothic Portals at The Cloisters." In Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals: Studies on Architecture, Stained Glass and Sculpture in Honor of Anne Prache, edited by Kathleen Nolan, and Dany Sandron. AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art, Vol. 9. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2015. pp. 71-90, fig. 4.1, 4.9, 4.10.



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