Feb 17, 2010
Sep 13, 2010

Mourning Saint John

Mourning Saint John

c. 1250–1275

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Polychromed oak

Overall: 154.9 x 36.9 x 20.4 cm (61 x 14 1/2 x 8 1/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Prentiss 1930.621.1


These figures of the Virgin and Saint John once formed part of a Crucifixion group that would have originally included a figure of Christ on the cross shown at center. Fortunately the original polychromy of the two figures has been preserved, affording the viewer a rare opportunity to appreciate a rich medieval decorative color pattern suggestive of some early textiles. Though they date to the 13th century, the two figures reflect a late 12th-century style.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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