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Doorway from the Church of San Nicolò, San Gemini

Date:
carved 1000s, assembled 1100s or 1200s
Geography:
Made in San Gemini, Umbria, Central Italy
Culture:
Central Italian
Medium:
Marble (Lunense marble from Carrara)
Dimensions:
H. 11 ft. 9 in. x 8 ft. 4 in. (358.4 x 254.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Architectural
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.45
  • Description

    This doorway is an excellent example of medieval reuse of materials. The principal elements were carved at different times, displaying divergent styles and techniques, and were combined in a medieval remodeling. The lions, too, were taken from an earlier monument. All of the marble used to make the portal originally came from the ruins of Roman buildings in the vicinity. The decorative forms show the survival of both classical and Langobardic elements in Romanesque sculpture.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: See Curatorial Remarks for inscription details.

  • Provenance

    From the Church of San Nicolò, San Gemini, Italy; removed from the abandoned Church of San Nicolò and sent to the United States with permission from the government of Italy through Ugo Jandolo (1936).; [ Ugo Jandolo(agent for Italy), Rome (sold 1936)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1936–1947)]

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