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Date:
ca. 1225
Geography:
Made in Catalonia, Spain
Culture:
Catalan
Medium:
Wood with gesso, canvas, paint
Dimensions:
37 3/4 x 58 x 2 3/4 in. (95.9 x 147.3 x 7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1925
Accession Number:
25.120.256
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 04
The enthroned Virgin and Child are surrounded by eight apostles, six of whom are identified in the Latin inscription above: Simon, Jude, Matthew, John, Thomas, and, apparently, Barnabas. The border of animal medallions may derive from Islamic decorative sources. The technique of raised and painted gesso on wood, particularly favored in Catalan art at this time, imitates metalwork.
Inscription: SANTVS SI[ ]O IVDA S MATVS IOHS S S[ ] O[ ]S [ ] BRABE
From the parish church of Ginestarre de Cardós, Lérida; Juan Cuyás, Barcelona ; Gaspar Homar, Barcelona ; George Grey Barnard American, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 1863–1938 New York, New York (until 1925)
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