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Part of Medieval Art and The Cloisters
Workshop of Biduinus (Italian, active last quarter 12th century)
Date: ca. 1175Accession Number: 62.189
Date: ca. 1150–1200Accession Number: 35.36a, b
Date: ca. 1175–1200Accession Number: L.58.86
Date: ca. 1175–1200Accession Number: 30.77.9
Date: late 12th centuryAccession Number: 25.120.221
Date: ca. 1175–1200Accession Number: 30.77.8
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More than three thousand limestone blocks, lent to The Cloisters by the Spanish government in 1957, constitute the twelfth-century apse that dominates this gallery. The interior of the half dome is decorated with a Catalan fresco depicting the Virgin and Child in Majesty and the Adoration of the Magi from the church of the Virgin near Tredòs, and a magnificent twelfth-century painted Spanish wood crucifix hangs from the arch. Also displayed in the gallery is a twelfth-century Italian doorway from Tuscany, as well as other works from the Romanesque period.
The documentary The Fuentidueña Apse: A Journey from Castile to New York, produced and directed by Christopher Noey, chronicles the dismantling of the twelfth-century apse from the church of San Martín in Fuentidueña, Spain, and its reconstruction at The Cloisters, between 1958 and 1961.
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