Fragment of a Capital with the Ox of Saint Luke

Fragment of a Capital with the Ox of Saint Luke

c. 1175-1200

Marble

Overall: 24.5 x 25.1 x 11.5 cm (9 5/8 x 9 7/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1972.22

Description

This fragment and two other capitals (1972.20 and 1972.21) were once parts of the same structure. Though the original structure is unknown, their style suggests that it was located in Bologna. As the fragmentary Latin inscription S: LU suggests, the ox represents the traditional symbol in medieval art of the Evangelist Saint Luke.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Romanesque
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Marble

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