From the Church of San Martin, Fuentidue¤a, Segovia / Apse / 1175?1200From the Church of San Martin, Fuentidue¤a, Segovia

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Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Dates/Places: Spanish
Creator Name-CRT: From the Church of San Martin, Fuentidue¤a, Segovia
Title: Apse
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1175
Creation End Date: 1200
Creation Date: 1175?1200
Creation Place: From the Church of San Martin, Fuentidueña, Segovia
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Limestone
Dimensions: H. to top of barrel vault 29 ft. 8 1/2 in. (9.05 m), W. interior 22 ft. 1/2 in. (6.72 m)

The church from which this apse comes was probably part of a castle complex, built by Christians engaged in the reconquista, the campaign to wrest the Iberian Peninsula from the Muslims. The great round arch, thick walls, barrel vault, half-dome, and small windows are typical of the Romanesque style. Built of golden limestone, the apse is decorated with sculpture on the interior and exterior. Inside, Saint Martin tramples evil beasts on the left, and on the right the angel Gabriel announces the impending birth of Christ to the Virgin Mary. The capitals surrounding the slitlike windows are carved with contorted animals and birds .

A fresco showing the Virgin as Mother of God, flanked by archangels and attended by the three magi, is installed in the half-dome. Dating to 1140, it comes from the Church of San Juan de Tredós, in Catalonia.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: L.58.86
Credit Line: Exchange Loan from the Government of Spain, 1958
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.L.58.86
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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