European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Arched Entrance, from the Chapter House of the Carmelite Convent Les Grands Carmes des ArènesMade in Limoges, western France, France, Europe
Second half of 13th century
Artist/maker unknown, French
1928-76-1Purchased with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Tatnall Starr, 1928
LabelThis arched entrance served as one of two passages connecting the contemplative space of the convent's cloister to the communal area of the chapter house (a meeting room for the governing body of the monastery). During the French Revolution (1789–99), the convent—continuously occupied and much expanded since its foundation in the thirteenth century—was closed and the nuns expelled. The convent was then sold and many of the buildings demolished. The chapter house escaped destruction, and in the early twentieth century this arch was rediscovered in its original location and eventually came to the Museum.
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