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Head of saint or apostle

Head of saint or apostle


13 x 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (33 x 29.85 x 24.13 cm)
Gift of the Seattle Art Museum Guild
Provenance: [Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc., possibly by 1923, documented by 1940 - 1951]; purchased by Seattle Art Museum (with funds from Seattle Art Museum Guild), December 12, 1951
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistoryDetroit, Michigan, Detroit Institute of Arts, The Seventh Loan Exhibition: French Gothic Art of teh Thirteenth to Fifteenth Century, November 16 - December 6,1928 (as "God the Father")

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, "Arts of the Middle Ages 1000-1400, a Loan Exhibition," February 17 - March 24, 1940 (as "God the Father")

Minneapolis, Minnesotta, Minneapolist Institute of Arts, "Masterpieces of Sculpture," November 2 - December 11, 1949

Yakima, Washington, Englewood Christian Church, dedication of new scantuary, 1965

New York, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The Year 1200," 1970

US-Japan CULCON exhibition, September - December 1976 (pencil notation in object file)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Museum of Art, "Songs of Glory: Medieval Art from 900-1500," January 21 - May 15, 1985
Published References"The Seventh Loan Exhibition: French Gothic Art of the Thirteenth to Fifteenth Century." Detroit, MI: The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1928, cat. no. 28, illus.

"Arts of the Middle Ages 1000-1400, a Loan Exhibition." Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts, 1940, cat. no. 176, p. 55, illus. pl XXXIX (as "God the Father")

"Bulletin." Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, November 5, 1949, cat. no. 20, p. 158

"The Year 1200." New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970, fig. 23, pp. 18-19

Mickenberg, David. "Songs of Glory: Medieval Art from 900-1500." Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Museum of Art, 1985, cat. no. 13, p. 90, illus. p. 91, color plate I

Sauerlaender, Willibald. "Le Monde Gothique: Le siecle des cathedrales, 1140-1260." Paris: Gallimard, 1989, no. 87, p. 96, illus.

"Selected Works." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, p. 86

"Limestone Sculpture Provenance Project" website.

"Strasbourg 1200-1230: la revolution gothic." Exh. cat. Strasbourg: Musee de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame, 2015; reproduced fig. 1, p. 126 [not in exhibition].

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