Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1130
Made in Burgundy, France
23 x 16 1/2 x 11 3/8 in. (58.4 x 41.9 x 28.9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1947
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 4
Seemingly afloat in midair, with its windblown drapery, this angel once graced the voussoir, or wedge-shaped stone, set in an arch of the portal on the north transept of the cathedral dedicated to Saint Lazarus in Autun. The angel’s attention originally was focused on the scene of Jesus raising Lazarus—patron saint of the cathedral—from the dead, depicted in the tympanum centered over the doorway. The angel is one of a handful of physical remains of the twelfth-century portal, which was replaced with a Baroque doorway in 1776. The main entrance of the cathedral is carved with the name Gislebertus, believed to be the principal author of the sculptural program.
From the former transept portal of the cathedral of Saint-Lazare at Autun; Roidet-Haudaille(architect), Autun, France ; Abbé Victor Terret, Autun, France ; [ Jean Peslier, Vézelay (sold 1935)] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1935–1947)]
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