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Architectural Frieze

second quarter 12th century
Made in Cluny, Burgundy, France
11 1/2 x 22 x 7 3/4 in. (29.2 x 55.9 x 19.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1980
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 4
The miniature architectural panorama may be a schematic representation of Jerusalem, or perhaps of the monastery of Cluny. This frieze is believed to have come either from a screen in the Benedictine monastic church there or from a contemporary Romanesque house in the adjacent town.
[ Demotte Inc., Paris and New York] ; Raymond Pitcairn 1885–1966, Bryn Athyn, PA. (until 1966) ; Glencairn Museum, Bryn Athyn, PA. (sold 1980)
Gómez-Moreno, Carmen. Medieval Art from Private Collections: A Special Exhibition at The Cloisters, October 30, 1968 through January 5, 1969. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1968. no. 29.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1980-1981 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1981). pp. 20–21.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Eleventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1980, through June 30, 1981." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 111 (1981). p. 42.

Gazette des Beaux-Arts. "La Chronique des Arts: Principales Acquisitions des Musées en 1981." Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 6th ser., 99, supplement (March 1982). no. 206, p. 40.

Hayward, Jane, and Walter Cahn. Radiance and Reflection: Medieval Art from the Raymond Pitcairn Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. no. 20, pp. 78-79.

Little, Charles T. "Romanesque Sculpture in North American Collections. XXVI. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Part VI: Auvergne, Burgundy, Central France, Meuse Valley, Germany." Gesta 26, no. 2 (1987). no. 10, pp. 162-63, fig. 10.

Holmes, Lore L., and Garman Harbottle. "Compositional Fingerprinting: New Directions in the Study of Provenance of Limestone." Gesta 33, no. 1 (1994). pp. 16-18, fig. 11.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 75, p. 62.

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