Relief of a Bishop
Overall (w/o mount): 20 7/8 x 9 3/16 x 2 13/16 in. (53 x 23.4 x 7.2 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 2002
This profile image of a bishop, carved in the dark limestone characteristic of the South Lowlands, is a fragment of a larger funerary relief. Although isolated from its original context, the sculpture still conveys the solemnity of the memorial monument. The image was carved at about the time when the workshop of Robert Campin, which created the Annunciation Triptych in this gallery, was producing seminal works in Tournai, where an important group of relief sculptures similar to this one is preserved in the cathedral.