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Saint Margaret

Workshop of Michael Pacher (Austrian or German, active by 1462/3–died 1498)
ca. 1470–80
Made in Bruneck, South Tyrol, Austria (now Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige)
Pine with metal appliqués, traces of gesso and paint
4' 2 3/4" H x 2' 7" W
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1963
Accession Number:
Not on view
According to legend, St. Margaret was imprisoned for refusing to marry the governor of Antioch. Satan appeared to her in the form of a dragon and swallowed her as she clutched a cross in prayer; she then ripped open his belly with the cross and emerged unscathed. The statue may have held a cross in one of her now-missing hands; the vanquished dragon lies at her feet. This massive figure probably came from the central shrine of a large polychromed altarpiece.
From the parish church of Saint Margaret im Dorf, Neustift, near Brixen; [ Laufen, Salzburg (ca. 1920–?)] ; [ Wolfgang Hofstätter, Veinna (sold 1963)]
Wixom, William D. "Medieval Sculpture at The Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 46, no. 3 (Winter 1988-1989). p. 26.

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