- Gallery Text
The principal face of this capital recounts the encounter between Christ and two pilgrims on the road to the town of Emmaus, a subject made popular by the mystery play, the Peregrinus. The resurrected Christ raises his hand to greet the pilgrims, identified by their staffs. According to Scripture, Christ appeared in another likeness, rendering him unrecognizable. His resurrected status is revealed to the viewer through his cruciform nimbus and the cross in his right hand, now partially broken. Two angels frame the narrative to suggest the importance of the scene.
The left side of the capital is decorated with an angel, and the right with a gated city, perhaps Emmaus or Jerusalem. Each facet of the capital reveals an interest in pattern, observable in the folds of the drapery, brickwork, and intertwining foliate decoration.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Capital from Moutiers-Saint-Jean; principal face: The Journey to Emmaus; right face: The Village of Emmaus; left face: Angel
- Architectural Elements
- Work Type
- architectural element
- c. 1125-1130
- Creation Place: Europe, France, Moutiers-Saint-Jean
Level 1, Room 1003, West Arcade
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- Physical Descriptions
- 61 x 63.7 x 59 cm (24 x 25 1/16 x 23 1/4 in.)
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Friends of the Fogg Art Museum Fund
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Publication History
"America Acquires Romanesque Art", The International Studio (October 1922), vol. LXXVI, no. 305, pp. 37-39, pp. 37-39, repr.
Arthur Kingsley Porter, "Romanesque Capitals", Fogg Art Museum Notes (1922), pp. 22-36, pp. 28-30; repr. as figs. 4, 5, 15
Fogg Art Museum Handbook, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1931), p. 20, repr.
Denis Grivot and George Zarnecki, Gislebertus: Sculpteur d'Autun, Editions Trianon (Paris, France, 1965), p. 65; repr. as fig. B1
Linda Seidel, "Romanesque Sculpture in American Collections: IX: The William Hayes Fogg Art Museum: I: Burgundy", GESTA (1972), vol XI, no. 1, no. 1c, repr.
Walter Cahn and Linda Seidel, Romanesque Sculpture in American Collections, volume 1: New England Museums, Burt Franklin & Co., Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), no. 1c, fig. 123
Neil Stratford, "Sculpture Romane Originaire de Moutiers-Saint-Jean", Mémoires de la Commission des Antiquités du Départment de la Côte-d'Or (1980-1981), Tome XXXII, pp. 327-335, p. 327
Jane Hayward and Walter Cahn, Radiance and Reflection: Medieval Art from the Raymond Pitcairn Collection, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1982), p. 81
Neil Stratford, "La Sculpture Médiévale de Moutiers Saint-Jean (Saint-Jean-de-Réome)", Congrès Auxois-Châtillonnais (Paris, 1989), pp. 157-201, p. 167; repr. in b/w p. 166 as fig. 11
Elizabeth Bradford Smith, Medieval Art in America: Patterns of Collecting 1800-1940, exh. cat., Palmer Museum of Art (University Park, PA, 1996), p. 176
Christine Smith, ed., Before and After the End of Time: Architecture and the Year 1000, exh. cat., George Braziller (New York, NY, 2000), pp. 26, 38, 52
Kathryn Brush, Vastly More than Brick and Mortar: Reinventing the Fogg Art Museum in the 1920s, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge MA / New Haven, CT, 2003), pp. 54-56
The Limestone Sculpture Provenance Project, website, 2004
Sarah Blick, ed., Art and Architecture of late medieval pilgrimage in Northern Europe and the British Isles, Brill Academic Publishers (Leiden) (Boston, MA, 2005), vol. II, part III, repr. as fig. 110
Kathryn Brush, "The Capitals from Moutiers-Saint-Jean (Harvard University Art Museums) and the Carving of Medieval Art Study in American after World War I", Medieval Art and Architecture after the Middle Ages, ed. Janet Marquardt and Alyce Jordan, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 2009)
Dirk Aerts and Martin Kellens, Pelgrims: Onderweg naar Santiago de Compostela, exh. cat., ed. Daniëlle Lokin and Kees van Schooten, W Books, Museum Catharijneconvent, and Nederlands Genootschap van Sint Jacob (Zwolle and Utrecht, 2011), repr. in color p. 29
- Exhibition History
32Q: 1003 West Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014
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