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  • Capital

    French (La Charité-sur-Loire)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    about 1100–25
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, La Charite sur Loire, France

    Description

    Provenance

    La Charité-sur-Loire (Nièvre), France (original commission). 1934, Charbonnel, La Flêche, France; July 2, 1934, sold by Charbonnel to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P11005); June 9, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 595, to the MFA for $600 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: June 9, 1949) NOTES: [1] Its companion was purchased by the St. Louis Art Museum.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

    Details

    Dimensions

    62 x 68 x 42 cm (24 7/16 x 26 3/4 x 16 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    49.534

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone

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  • Capital

    French (Saint-Michel de Cuxa)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    about 1125–50
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Saint-Michel de Cuxa, Europe, France

    Description

    Provenance

    Monastery of Saint Michel de Cuxa, France [see note 1]. By 1924, George Gray Barnard; 1924, gift of Barnard to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 3, 1924) [1] See W. Cahn and L. Seidel, "Romanesque Sculpture in American Collections, Vol. 1, New England Museums," New York, 1979, pp.100-101.

    Credit Line

    Gift of Geo. Gray Barnard

    Details

    Dimensions

    43 x 43 x 43 cm (16 15/16 x 16 15/16 x 16 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    24.156

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; pink marble

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  • Apostle

    French (Languedoc)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    Middle or third quarter of the 12th century

    Object Place: Europe, France, Languedoc

    Description

    Provenance

    Possibly the church of St.- Pierre de Rhedes, Lamalou-les-Bains, France [see note 1]. By 1955, John Hunt, Dublin and London; 1956, sold by Hunt to the MFA for $6,720. (Accession Date: June 7, 1956) Notes: [1] When the acquisition of the sculpture was first discussed, John Hunt wrote to the MFA (December 28, 1955) that "it is supposed to have come from St. Pierre de Rhedes." This has not been verified. Stephen K. Scher questions the plausibility of this assertion in "The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century" (exh. cat. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, May 8 - June 22, 1969), p. 94.

    Credit Line

    Charles Amos Cummings Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 85 x 26 x 16.5 cm, 73.9 kg (33 7/16 x 10 1/4 x 6 1/2 in., 163 lb.) Framed (Steel wall mount plate / two keyhole slots): 20.3 x 17.8 x 0.6 cm (8 x 7 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    56.335

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone

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  • Capital

    French (Languedoc)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    late 12–early 13th century
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, France, Languedoc

    Description

    Capitals, the crowning elements of columns, provided areas for sculptural decoration in church interiors and monastic cloisters. The most extravagantly carved capitals might include figures, narrative scenes, plant life, animals, or fantastic beasts. These examples display mythical creatures including the dragon and possibly the amphisbaena–a serpent with a head at either end of its body–both believed in medieval times to exist.

    Provenance

    By 1919, D.G. Kelekian, New York; 1919, sold by Kelekian to the MFA with funds from J. Templeman Coolidge. (Accession Date: February 27, 1919)

    Credit Line

    Gift of J. Templeman Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    25.5 x 21 x 28 cm (10 1/16 x 8 1/4 x 11 in.)

    Accession Number

    19.68

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone

    On View

    I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)

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  • Capital

    French (Languedoc)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    about 1200–50
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Toulouse, France

    Description

    Limestone capital, carved in the Romanesque style.


    Capitals, the crowning elements of columns, provided areas for sculptural decoration in church interiors and monastic cloisters. The most extravagantly carved capitals might include figures, narrative scenes, plant life, animals, or fantastic beasts. These examples display mythical creatures including the dragon and possibly the amphisbaena–a serpent with a head at either end of its body–both believed in medieval times to exist.

    Provenance

    Dikran G. Kelekian, New York [see note 1]. By 1917, Hervey E. Wetzel (b. 1888 - d. 1918); 1918, by inheritance from her cousin, Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, Chicago [see note 2]; 1919, gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 31, 1919). Notes: [1] See W. Cahn and L. Seidel, "Romanesque Sculpture in American Collections, Vol. 1, New England Museums," New York, 1979, p.103. [2] See Wetzel's will of November 8, 1918 (copy in MFA curatorial files).

    Credit Line

    Gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel

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    Dimensions

    Overall: 27 x 22.5 x 22cm (10 5/8 x 8 7/8 x 8 11/16in.)

    Accession Number

    19.645

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone

    On View

    I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)

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  • Section of a Voussoir

    French (Valley of the Rhône, Savigny (?))
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    about 1125–50
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Savigny (?), France, Valley of the the Rhône

    Description

    Provenance

    Lucien Demotte, Paris. 1942, Aldo Jandolo, Rome; June 29, 1942, sold by Jandolo to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N5343); June 9, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 605, to the MFA for $100 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: June 9, 1949) NOTES: [1] MFA accession nos. 49.532 and 49.533 were acquired together.

    Credit Line

    William Francis Warden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    31 x 40.5 cm (12 3/16 x 15 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    49.533

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone

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  • Avarice

    French (south central France or Limousin)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    second quarter of the 12th century

    Object Place: Europe, Limousin or south central France

    Description

    Provenance

    1929, Mme. Trichard; June 15, 1929, sold by Trichard to Joseph Brummer (b. 1833 - d. 1947), New York (stock no. P6069); 1948, sold by the estate of Joseph Brummer to the MFA for $1200. (Accession Date: March 11, 1948)

    Credit Line

    Charles Amos Cummings Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 62 x 31.5 x 23 cm, 64.9 kg (24 7/16 x 12 3/8 x 9 1/16 in., 143 lb.) Framed (Two steel wall angles brackets / keyhole slots): 57.2 x 5.1 x 0.6 cm (22 1/2 x 2 x 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    48.255

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; limestone

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  • Fragment of an Impost block

    Italian (Southern) or Sicilian
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    second half of the 12th century
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Southern Italy or Sicily

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1893, Michael Farah; 1893, gift of Farah to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 3, 1893)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Michel Farah

    Details

    Dimensions

    25.7 x 18.4 x 10.16 cm (10 1/8 x 7 1/4 x 4 in.)

    Accession Number

    93.9

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; marble

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  • Relief with Eagle and Lion

    Italian (Central Italy)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    second half of the 12th century
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Central Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    1928, Alfredo Barsanti, Rome; September 10, 1928, sold by Barsanti to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P5574); June 9, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 605, to the MFA for $100 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: June 9, 1949) NOTES: [1] MFA accession nos. 49.532 and 49.533 were acquired together.

    Credit Line

    William Francis Warden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    34.92 x 31.8 x 12.7 cm (13 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 5 in.)

    Accession Number

    49.532

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; marble

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  • Pilaster

    Italian (Central Italy)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    second half of 12th century
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Central Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    1929, Alfredo Barsanti, Rome; August 18, 1929, sold by Barsanti to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P6511); June 9, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 576, to the MFA for $125. (Accession Date: June 9, 1949)

    Credit Line

    William Francis Warden Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    140.97 x 47.0 x 10.2 cm (55 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 4 in.)

    Accession Number

    49.531

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; marble

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  • Virgin and Child

    Italian (Lombardy or Emilia-Romagna)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    1125-1150
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Italy, Lombardy or Emilia-Romagna

    Description

    This image is an early example in Italian sculpture of a new devotional emphasis on the humanity of Christ. It stresses the warm intimacy between mother and son as they draw their heads together and look into each other’s eyes, with the child reaching his arms around Mary’s neck. The figure of Christ looks more like a small man than a baby; perhaps this was meant to recall the Old Testament song of Songs, in which the bride and groom came to be seen as references to Mary and Christ. Carved completely in the round, this stone sculpture would have been placed upon an altar, inspiring prayer and meditation.

    Provenance

    By 1955, Luigi Albrighi, Florence; 1957, sold by Albrighi to the MFA for $23,000. (Accession Date: September 12, 1957)

    Credit Line

    Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    74 x 40 x 22 cm (29 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    57.583

    Medium or Technique

    Limestone with polychromy

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    I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)

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  • Carved Base with Romulus and Remus

    Italian (Tuscany?)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    Early 13th century
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Italy, Tuscany (?)

    Description

    Provenance

    1900, Stefano Bardini (b. 1836 - d. 1922), Florence [see note 1]. 1936, Demotte, Paris; September 15, 1936, sold by Demotte to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P13097); 1939, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $3500. (Accession Date: October 11, 1939) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the curatorial file.

    Credit Line

    Charles Amos Cummings Fund

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    Dimensions

    33 x 48 x 48 cm (13 x 18 7/8 x 18 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    39.747

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; marble

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  • Pillar from a Pulpit (with three Evangelists)

    Italian (Tuscany)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    about 1175–80
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Pisa, Italy

    Description

    Provenance

    Private collection, Florence. Private collection, Geneva [see note 1]. By 1968, consigned by Artibus, London to Heim Gallery, London; 1968, sold by Heim to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 11, 1968) Notes: [1] According to information provided by Heim Gallery.

    Credit Line

    John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

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    Dimensions

    98.42 x 23.5 cm (38 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    68.549

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; marble

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  • Lion

    Southern Italian
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    about 1225–50
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: Europe, Southern Italy (?)

    Description

    Provenance

    Art Market, England (?) [see note 1]. 1940, Raphael Stora, New York; 1940, sold by Stora to the MFA for $1500. (Accession Date: December 12, 1940) Notes: [1] "[The object's] previous history is unknown except for the reliable fact that it first appeared on the market in England." Georg Swarzenski, "A Romanesque Stone Lion," Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, No. 233 (June 1941): 32.

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Charles Gaston Smith's Group

    Details

    Dimensions

    78 cm (30 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    40.784

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; carbonaceous limestone

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  • Portal facade and sculptural elements

    Spanish (San Miguel de Uncastillo)
    Medieval (Romanesque)
    about 1150–1200
    Unidentified artist

    Object Place: San Miguel, Europe, Uncastillo, Spain

    Description

    Portal facade and sculptural elements from the church of San Miguel de Uncastillo, Spain.

    Provenance

    1915, upon the sale of the church, removed from San Miguel de Uncastillo, Spain. By 1927, Salvador Babra (dealer), Barcelona; 1928, sold by Salvador Babra to the MFA for $42782. (Accession Date: February 2, 1928)

    Credit Line

    Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

    Details

    Dimensions

    Doorway: 267 x 137 cm (105 1/8 x 53 15/16 in.) Portal (1): 491 cm (193 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    28.32

    Medium or Technique

    Stone; sandstone

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    Columns and capitals

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