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Fragment of a Capital with Scenes from Mary’s Infancy

Fragment of a Capital with Scenes from Mary’s Infancy

early 1100s

workshop of The Cathedral of Monopoli

(Italian)

Fine-grained limestone

Without base: 26.7 x 33 x 22.9 cm (10 1/2 x 13 x 9 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1955.556

Description

This sculpture relates stylistically with architrave figures from the facade of Monopoli’s cathedral. It is especially similar to a capital there featuring the prophet Daniel. The figure pouring water on the left probably represents an attendant in the Birth of the Virgin. The remaining figures depict the subject of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple. Their exquisite sculptural character gives this fragment major importance in the study of Romanesque sculpture in Apulia.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Romanesque
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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