France, Paris, 14th century / Kneeling Carthusian Monk / c. 1380-1400France, Paris, 14th century
Kneeling Carthusian Monk
c. 1380-1400

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Name-CRT: France, Paris, 14th century
Title: Kneeling Carthusian Monk
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1375
Creation End Date: 1405
Creation Date: c. 1380-1400
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: Overall: 25.7cm x 13.35cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1966.112
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: Octave Homberg; (Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York).
Style or Period: France, Paris, 14th century
Context: These figures belong to an extremely rare group of surviving examples of carved Carthusian monks. They can be identified as Carthusians by their scapulars, or outer garment, worn only by that religious order. The two sculptures probably came from the now-destroyed Carthusian Charterhouse (monastery) of Paris. There, each may have been placed within a monk's cell and used as an adoring figure in conjunction with a sculpted Virgin or a Crucifixion group. With their soft treatment of draperies and facial features, the two Carthusians reflect the gentle lyricism and elegance of Parisian sculpture during the final quarter of the fourteenth century.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1966.112
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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