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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Altar Colonette with Saint Michael
Architectural Elements
Work Type
architectural element
c. 1225-1250
Creation Place: Europe, Spain, Sahagun
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Physical Descriptions

Marble, microsparite
91 x 22.2 x 20.2 cm (35 13/16 x 8 3/4 x 7 15/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Monastery of San Benito, Sahagún. [Unidentified dealer, Madrid], sold; to Arthur Kingsley Porter, Cambridge, 1925, by descent?; to Lucy Wallace Porter, his wife, Cambridge, 1933, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1962

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Lucy Wallace Porter
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Manuel Gómez-Moreno, Catálogo Monumental de España: Provincia de León, Ministerio de Instrucción Pública y Bellas Artes (Madrid, Spain, 1925), p. 348
  • Arthur Kingsley Porter, Spanish Romanesque Sculpture, Pegasus Press and Pantheon Books (Paris, France and Florence, Italy, 1928), vol. II, p. 8, repr. as pl. 120
  • Frederick B. Deknatel, "Sculptured Columns from Sahagún and the Amiens Style in Spain", Medieval Studies in Memory of Kingsley Porter, ed. Wilhelm R. W. Koehler, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1939), pp. 301-310, pp. 301-310, repr. as fig. 4
  • [Unidentified article], Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions, 1962-1963, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1964), p. 28, repr.
  • "Gothic Sculpture in American Collections: The Checklist: I: The New England Museums", GESTA, ed. Dorothy W. Gillerman (1980), vol. XIX, no. 2, no. 70, repr.
  • Anita F. Moskowitz, Gothic Sculpture in America, I: The New England Museums, ed. Dorothy W. Gillerman, Garland Publishing, Inc. (New York, 1989), no. 141 pp. 176-177, repr.
  • Elizabeth Bradford Smith, Medieval Art in America: Patterns of Collecting 1800-1940, exh. cat., Palmer Museum of Art (University Park, PA, 1996), p. 178

Exhibition History

  • Medieval Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley, 11/21/1970 - 02/07/1971

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