Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Capital with an Angel Emerging from a Cloud

ca. 1150–1200
Made in Burgundy, France
Overall: 12 7/8 x 12 15/16 x 13 in. (32.7 x 32.9 x 33 cm) Base Diameter: 7 5/16 in. (18.5 cm) Weight: 83lb. (37.6kg)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The angel emerging from a cloud suggests that a figure on a column below completed the composition, perhaps one of the Virgin of the Annunciation. Capitals decorated with similar acanthus foliage are found in other churches in Burgundy, for instance at Avallon, Vezelay, and Donzy-le-Pré.
P. Cloix(sold 1927) ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1927–sold 1949)] ; Joseph Brummer Collection sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (May 11–14, 1949, no. 596)
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. "Earth, Sea, Sky. Nature in Western Art: Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 6, 2012–January 4, 2013.

Beijing. National Museum of China. "Earth, Sea, Sky. Nature in Western Art: Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 8, 2013–May 9, 2013.

Part Two of the Notable Art Collection Belonging to the Estate of the Late Joseph Brummer. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, May 11–14, 1949. no. 596, p. 148.

Barnet, Peter, and Atsuyuki Nakahara, ed. Earth, Sea, Sky: Nature in Western Art – Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tokyo: Yomiuri Shimbun, 2012. no. 104, pp. 169, 251.

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