Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Saint Ursula and Pope Cyriacus Leaving Rome

Saint Ursula and Pope Cyriacus Leaving Rome

Hans Thoman, German (active Swabia), active 1514 - 1525

Geography:
Made in Germany, Europe

Date:
c. 1520

Medium:
Limewood

Dimensions:
Greatest dimensions of carving: 20 3/4 x 33 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (52.7 x 84.5 x 8.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 218, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
1947-28-1

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Henry Disston, 1947

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Saint Ursula, seen in the center of this sculpture, left Rome and sailed for Cologne, Germany, with Pope Cyriacus and numerous attendants. In Cologne, she and her companions were massacred by pagans.

This sculpture probably belonged to a large, carved altarpiece that related the legend of Saint Ursula. Such altarpieces were subdivided into sections into which individual carved sculptures like this one would have been mounted along with other scenes making up the story.


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