Saint James the Greater
|Medium, technique||plaster cast|
780 × 843 × 318 cm
|On view||This artwork isn't on view.|
The so-called Golden Gate, which was the western portal of the late Romanesque Freiberg Cathedral, is a highlight of medieval art in Europe. After the great fire of 1484, the arched sandstone portal (made in 1225) was transferred to the southern side of the rebuilt cathedral. The portal was originally richly gilded and painted. The tympanum is decorated with the figures of Madonna and the Child accompanied by the three magi, St. Joseph and an angel. Between the richly ornamented columns there are sculptures depicting the antitypes of Christ. The Coronation of the Virgin, the Apostles and the image of Salvation can be seen in the archivolts.
The cast was ordered in 1905 from the Albertinum in Dresden, and it was erected in the Museum at the end of 1905. In September 1906 it was taken apart, and rebuilt in the middle of the short wall of the Roman Hall. At the beginning of 1907 it was given a ferro-concrete skeleton, and finally it was patinated and painted by June 1907.