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Angel

Date:
ca. 1130
Geography:
Made in Burgundy, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
23 x 16 1/2 x 11 3/8 in. (58.4 x 41.9 x 28.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Architectural
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1947
Accession Number:
47.101.16
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 04
Seemingly afloat in midair, with its windblown drapery, this angel once graced the voussoir, or wedge-shaped stone, set in an arch of the portal on the north transept of the cathedral dedicated to Saint Lazarus in Autun. The angel’s attention originally was focused on the scene of Jesus raising Lazarus—patron saint of the cathedral—from the dead, depicted in the tympanum centered over the doorway. The angel is one of a handful of physical remains of the twelfth-century portal, which was replaced with a Baroque doorway in 1776. The main entrance of the cathedral is carved with the name Gislebertus, believed to be the principal author of the sculptural program.
From the former transept portal of the cathedral of Saint-Lazare at Autun; Roidet-Haudaille (architect), Autun, France ; Abbé Victor Terret, Autun, France ; [ Jean Peslier, Vézelay (sold 1935)] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1935–1947)]
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Arts of the Middle Ages: A Loan Exhibition," February 17, 1940–March 24, 1940.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 16, 1970–July 5, 1970.

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