The semicircular tympanum over the door represents three summarily presented confrontations between Jesus and the Devil. They are meant to be read from right to left, leading to the happy conclusion that shows two angels bringing food to Jesus at the end of his temptations in the desert. The lintel, with angels supporting a medallion with the Lamb of God, was found in a mill in the village of Errondo in the 1920s. The tympanum is proportionately too small and may come from a different context. Nevertheless, the sculpture has been compared to the work of an artist active in Tuscany and along the Mediterranean shores of France. He is known as the Master of Cabestany after a village near the border of Spain where he worked.
From the Church of Errondo, near Unciti; [ James Montllor, Inc., New York (by 1941–1942) ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (sold 1949)] ; Paula de Koenigsberg, Buenos Aires (by 1951) ; Joseph Brummer Collection sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (part III, June 8-9, 1949, no. 523) ; Nicolas de Koenigsberg II, New York (sold 1965)
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Exposición de obras maestras siglos XII al XVII: Coleccion Paula de Koenigsberg. Buenos Aires: Museo Municipal de Arte Hispano Americano, 1951. no. 27, p. 20, pl. XIV.
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Kupfer, Vasanti. "The Iconography of the Tympanum of the Temptation of Christ at The Cloisters." Metropolitan Museum Journal 12 (1977). pp. 21-31, fig. 1.
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