Panel from a Choir Stall

Panel from a Choir Stall

c. 1330-1340

Walnut

Overall: 109.9 x 58.5 x 6.1 cm (43 1/4 x 23 1/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1977.74

Description

The two larger panels--shown here in a fanciful arrangement--were probably the end panels of two stalls that faced each other across the choir of a Gothic church. The third and smaller panel originated from an interior portion of one of these stalls. The first large panel is carved with the figure of Saint Francis of Assisi kneeling in prayer and receiving the stigmata. Below, on this same panel are represented two standing figures: a nun at the left and a female martyr at the right. It has been suggested that the first is Saint Claire. Below is Saint Michael and the Dragon. The second large panel depicts a seated pope, possibly Urban IV, who holds the keys of Saint Peter and a book. The small panel depicts a female figure in a long gown standing on a plinth above two of the apocalyptic beasts, the winged lion of Saint Mark and the winged ox of Saint Luke, which are supported by a wyvern (a heraldic winged dragon). Both sides of this interior panel are intended to receive the missing seats.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Gothic
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Furniture and woodwork
Medium: 
Walnut

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