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Cast no.43a

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Cast no.43a


One of two reliefs from the Porte des Fonts, St. Maclou, Rouen.
1437-1521 CE.
St. Maclou, Rouen.
Metropolitan Catalogue: Casts no. 2103.
Purchased for GMU at Sotheby's New York, February 28, 2006.
Cast Location: Art and Design Building 2nd floor

These two reliefs are from the left door of the west façade of the Gothic church of St. Maclou. The reliefs date to 1540-1541; the rest of this door dates to about 1555-1560. Carved wooden panels like this ornament the five doors on the western side of the church. The panels are carved in the Late Gothic, or Flamboyant, style. This style is characterized by highly decorative architecture and was the last phase of Gothic architecture before the Renaissance. All the door panels of the church are attributed to sculptor Jean Goujon (c. 1510-c. 1568), and they are considered to be his earliest works. a. 57 x 75 in. An overall geometric design consisting of squares and circles encloses an abundance of intricate pastoral imagery. The central panel shows a farmer working in a wooded area with a castle in the background. Among the numerous figures framing the panel are half-women, bulls, moon-shaped male profile heads, garlands, and two youths holding drapery. Within the top border, a shepherd herds his animals in a wooded setting, and two children hold bouquets of flowers, fruits, and leaves.

~ Lucy R. Miller,  Anna Jones and Tina Delis

Bibliographic Citation


Figure. Fig. Detail of no. 43a before cleaning. See Ian Robertson, Blue Guide: France (New York, 1984), 118.