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Reconstructed Portal

Date:
early 13th century
Geography:
Made in Burgos, Castile-Léon, Spain
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 195 x 212 in. (495.3 x 538.5 cm)
Classification:
Installations
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.110.1–.100
On view at Not on view
The main portal of the church of San Vicente Mártir was nearly destroyed in 1879, when the nearby tower fell. Here, eighty fragments have been used to reconstruct the monumental doorway. Some of the stones were recycled from earlier buildings. Two openings at the sides of the installation allow a glimpse of the earlier carving. The rich imagery includes biblical subjects (such as the Flight into Egypt) and moralizing subjects, as well as human heads and animals.
From the main portal of the church of San Vicente Mártir at Frías, Castile-León, Spain; [ Joseph Brummer, Paris and New York (sold 1923) ]
Breck, Joseph. "The New Galleries of Renaissance and Medieval Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 19, no. 10 (October 1924). p. 231.

Huidobro Serna, Luciano. "Moradillo de Sedano, su iglesia parroquial, monumento románico de primer orden en la provincia, III." Boletín de la Comisión Provincial de Monumentos Históricos y Artísticos de Burgos 11, no. 38 (1932). p. 257.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sixty-Ninth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1938." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 69 (1938). p. 25.

Rorimer, James J., and Margaret B. Freeman. The Cloisters: The Building and the Collection of Mediaeval Art, in Fort Tryon Park. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1938. pp. 44-45.

Anderson, Ruth Matilda. "Tocados plisados de Castilla y de León en los siglos XII y XIII: 2, continuación." Boletín de la Comisión Provincial de Monumentos y de la Institución Fernán González de la ciudad de Burgos 28, no. 109 (1949). p. 341.

Anderson, Ruth Matilda. "Tocados plisados de Castilla y de León en los siglos XII y XIII: 4, conclusión." Boletín de la Comisión Provincial de Monumentos y de la Institución Fernán González de la ciudad de Burgos 29, no. 111 (1950). p. 267, fig. 28-29.

Spanish Medieval Art: A Loan Exhibition in Honor of Dr. Walter W.S. Cook. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1954. no. 39.

Huidobro Serna, Luciano, and Gonzalo Miguel Ojeda. "Exposición de arte español en New York en homenaje al Profesor Walter W. S. Cook." Boletín de la Institución Fernán González 34, no. 130 (1955). p. 469.

Forsyth, William Holmes, and The International Confederation of Dealers in Works of Art. "Acquisitions from the Brummer Gallery." In The Grand Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Sixth International Exhibition presented by C.I.N.O.A.. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1974. p. 2.

Little, Charles T., ed. Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture. New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 110-11, fig. 74.

Brennan, Christine E. "The Brummer Gallery and the Business of Art." Journal of the History of Collections 27, no. 3 (November 2015). p. 463.

Jung, Jacqueline E. "The Portal from San Vicente Martír in Frías: Sex, Violence, and the Comfort of Community in a Thirteenth-Century Sculpture Program at The Cloisters." In Theologisches Wissen und die Kunst: Festschrift für Martin Büchsel, edited by Rebecca Müller, Anselm Rau, and Johanna Scheel. Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 2015. pp. 369-82, fig. 1-5.



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