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Head of an Apostle

Date:
ca. 1280–1300
Geography:
Made in probably Strasbourg, Alsace, present-day France
Culture:
German
Medium:
Sandstone
Dimensions:
11 13/16 × 10 1/8 × 9 3/4 in. (30 × 25.7 × 24.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.453
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
With its curly hair and furrowed brow, this arresting head bears comparison with the prophets on the central portal of the west facade of Strasbourg Cathedral, which was carved a generation after the Virgin (47.101.11) displayed in this gallery. The red sandstone is typical for that region. Although the head certainly belonged to a column figure, it is unknown whether it was part of the sculptural program of Strasbourg Cathedral or of another church in that city.
Corinne de Rosorduc, Brussels (by 1993–2003) ; [ Privart S.A., Geneva (2003-sold 2004)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2004-2005." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 63, no. 2 (Fall 2005). p. 12.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Thirty-fifth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 135 (2005). p. 22.

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. 11, pp. 41-43.

Wixom, William D. "Set in Stone. New York." The Burlington Magazine 148, no. 1245 (December 2006). p. 876.

Barnet, Peter. "Recent Acquisitions (1999-2008) of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters, New York: Supplement." The Burlington Magazine 150, no. 1268 (November 2008). p. 796, fig. X.

Barnet, Peter. "Medieval Europe." In Philippe de Montebello and The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1977–2008, edited by James R. Houghton. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009. p. 24.

Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. 75th Anniversary ed. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 82-83.



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