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Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish; Catalan
Creator Dates/Places: Spanish
Creator Name-CRT: From the Church of Santa Mar¡a de Bellpuiq de las Avellanes, Catalonia
Title: Tomb Effigy of Ermengol VII
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1320
Creation End Date: 1340
Creation Date: 1320?1340
Creation Place: From the Church of Santa María de Bellpuiq de las Avellanes , Catalonia
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Limestone, polychromy
Dimensions: H. 120 in. (305 cm), L. 80 in. (203 cm)
Description: Elaborate tombs honored the deceased and their family and invited prayers for their souls. This was one of a group of tombs made for the counts of Urgell in the Church of Santa María de Bellpuiq de las Avellanes. Mourners gather behind the effigy of Count Ermengol VII of Urgell (d. 1194). The relief above shows a priest conducting the funeral service, and still higher the soul of the deceased is borne heavenward by angels. The effigy rests on an elaborate sarcophagus with depictions of Christ and the apostles carried by three lions. Traces of the original paint remain. The tomb comprises fragments from different monuments; for example, the effigy slab is too large for the sarcophagus, which was originally made to be inset into a wall.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 28.95
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1928
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.28.95
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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