Corbel from the Double Sepulchral Monument of Don Àlvar Rodrigo de Cabrera, Count of Urgell and His Wife Cecília of Foix
Made in Lerida, Catalonia, Spain
Overall: 13 x 19 in. (33 x 48.3 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1948
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 9
Documentary evidence suggests that this tomb ensemble was made for Àlvar Rodrigo de Cabrera and his wife, Cecília of Foix, the parents of Ermengol X. The monastery of Bellpuig de les Avellanes was abandoned and badly damaged during the Wars of Succession that began around 1700. When the monastery was reinhabited in the eighteenth century, the church with its burial chapel was reconstructed. The sarcophagi with the arms of the counts of Urgell and Foix were probably made at the time to fit the original effigies.
[ Lucien J. Demotte, Paris and New York] ; [ Vestiges, Paris (sold 1948)]
Husband, Timothy B. "'Sancti Nicolai de fontibus amoenis' or 'St. Nicolai et Fontium Amenorum': The Making of Monastic History." In The Cloisters: Studies in Honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary, edited by Elizabeth C. Parker. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. pp. 354-83.