Spanish (Farrera, Catalonia)
Medieval (Gothic)
early 13th century
Unidentified artist

Object Place: Europe, Spain


31.8 x 7.0 x 4.8 cm (12 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood with polychromy

Not On View





Part of the Farrera Frontal.


Part of an altar frontal from a church in Farrera, Lerida, Catalonia, Spain [see note 1]. Altar frontal with C. Dupont, dealer, Barcelona, Spain. By about 1919, with Olaguer Junyent [see note 2]; sold by Junyent to Luis Plandiura; sold by Planidura to Joaquin Cabrejo, dealer, Madrid, Spain; 1921, sold by Cabrejo to Herbert Weissberger, New York, NY; 1921, the altar frontal and the 4 standing figures, including this present figure, offered for sale by Weissberger at Almoneda Collection sale, American Art Association, lot 573, but bought in. By 1928, with Seligman, Rey and Company, New York, NY; 1928, sold by Seligman, Rey and Company to Frank Gair Macomber, Palm Beach, FL; 1933, gift of Frank Gair Macomber to the MFA. (Accession date: November 2, 1933)

[1] See D. Gillerman, ed., "Gothic Sculpture in America," Vol. 1, 1989, p. 103-104 and Walter W.S. Cook, "Lost Spanish Altar Frontals," Gazette des Beaux Arts, October 1956. [2] Between 1919-1921, this figure was removed from the altar frontal.

Credit Line

Gift of Frank Gair Macomber