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Doorway from Moutiers-Saint-Jean

Date:
ca. 1250
Geography:
Made in Burgundy, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
White oolitic limestone with traces of paint
Dimensions:
Overall: 185 x 55 in. (469.9 x 139.7 cm) Opening: 110 x 66 in. (379.4 x 167.6 cm: 110 x 66 in. (279.4 x 167.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Architectural-Stone
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1932
Accession Number:
32.147
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 1
According to tradition, the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean was founded by the first Christian kings of France, Clovis and his son Clothar. They are almost certainly the donors standing at either side, presenting their charters. The small seated figures on either side represent ancestors of the Virgin and Christ, including Moses. The tympanum above shows the Coronation of the Virgin in heaven, one of the most popular subjects in thirteenth-century French art. Despite damage sustained during tumultuous times, the naturalistic rendering of the anatomy, the plant motifs, and the delicate details throughout make this doorway an exemplary testament of the
Gothic style.
From the abbey of Moutiers-Saint-Jean, near Dijon, France; Mlle. Cambillarc, Moutiers-St.-Jean, France ; [ Jean Peslier, Vézelay, France] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (sold 1932)]
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