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Holy-water Font

Follower of Guglielmus (Italian, active 1158–65)
ca. 1160–65
Made in probably Pisa, Tuscany, Central Italy
Marble (Carrara marble)
Overall: 9 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 15 in. (24.1 x 11.4 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1964
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 2
The holy water font depicts scenes of the life of Saint Rainerius, the patron saint of Pisa, who died in 1160. It was probably carved in the workshop of Guglielmo, which was responsible for much of the interior stone decoration of the Pisa cathedral.
[ Arthur Sambon, Paris] ; [ Blumka Gallery(sold 1964)]
Young, Bonnie. "A Saint on a Holy-Water Font." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 23, no. 10 (June 1965). pp. 362-366, fig. 1-3.

Young, Bonnie. A Walk Through The Cloisters. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. p. 16.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lisbeth. "Romanesque Sculpture in North American Collections. XXII. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Part II: Italy." Gesta 24, no. 1 (1985). no. 4, pp. 66-67, fig. 4.

Husband, Timothy B., and Charles T. Little. Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 62, pp. 68-71.

Wixom, William D. "Medieval Sculpture at The Cloisters." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 46, no. 3 (Winter 1988-1989). p. 56.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lisbeth, and Jack Soultanian. Italian Medieval Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2010. no. 15, pp. 61–64.

Ball, Jennifer. "Saint Sabas and the Monks of the Holy Land." In Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven, edited by Barbara Drake Boehm, and Melanie Holcomb. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. p. 78, fig. 35.

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