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Saint James the Greater French or Spanish Sculptor

Artist

French or Spanish Sculptor 13th century

Date 13th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique limestone with traces of painting
Dimensions

57 × 34 × 22 cm

Inventory number 50.26
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork can be displayed at the permanent exhibition

The fragment of a limestone statue portraying Saint James the Elder may have been originally a sculptural element on a building, on the embrasure of a pillar. The statue evokes the monumental style of thirteenth-century French sculpture and bears the signs of subsequent iconoclasm in several places. The statue possibly stems from the southwestern part of France. Its elaboration resembles that of the sculpture of Bordeaux and the surrounding area. The city was an important stop on the pilgrimage road of Saint James leading to Santiago de Compostela, the centre of the cult of Saint James. The statue may possibly have been the work of a Spanish artist rather than a French master.

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