Kneeling Carthusian Monk

Kneeling Carthusian Monk

c. 1380-1400


Overall: 25.7 x 14.1 x 6.8 cm (10 1/8 x 5 9/16 x 2 11/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1966.112


These are the only known surviving sculpted examples of kneeling Carthusian monks. Depictions of Carthusians in the same act of piety are found in paintings such as the one in this room from the Chartreuse de Champmol. These two figures are believed to come from the same Carthusian monastery as the mourners displayed nearby and would have formed part of a private devotional group, probably in a monk’s cell, with a sculpture of the crucified Christ or the Virgin positioned between them. They wear the recognizable white scapular, a hooded garment with front and back panels tied together with a tab.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
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