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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
  • Description

    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.

  • Provenance

    From the main portal of the church of San Vicente Mártir at Frías, Castile-León, Spain; [ Joseph Brummer , Paris and New York (sold 1923) ]

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