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Apostle, probably Saint Judas Thaddeus

Artist/maker unknown, Southern Netherlandish or French

Made in southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe
or northeastern France, France, Europe

c. 1450-1460


13 9/16 x 5 1/2 x 3 3/8 inches (34.4 x 14 x 8.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 317, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Purchased with the John D. McIlhenny Fund and with funds bequeathed by Carl and Joan Tandberg, 1999

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This statuette belongs to a series of similar figures, most now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Representing Jesus and the twelve apostles, the alabasters were probably intended to be elements in an altar decoration. Such sculptural altarpiece installations were often simulated by painters.

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