The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 27, 2024

Engaged Capitals

Engaged Capitals

Location: not on view


This capital belongs to a surviving group including other architectural fragments that once decorated the cloister of the Abbey of Larreule. A cloister was a covered walkway or arcade, usually around all four sides of a square area of grass (the "cloister garth"). The seclusion of the cloister was the monks’ exclusive domain, off limits to others. Here, the monks were supposed to pray, study, meditate, and exercise in privacy and solitude. Such cloister capitals served both to instruct the monks and as a focus for their devotions. Other capitals in this series are installed in the Jardin Massey at Tarbes, near the original abbey. An arch from Larreule has been assembled with other associated French capitals at The Cloisters in New York.
  • probably from the Abbey of Larreule near Tarbes in Southern France.
  • "Accessions." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 4, no. 2 (1917): 26-37. Mentioned: p. 27
  • {{cite web|title=Engaged Capitals|url=false|author=|year=1400s|access-date=27 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL: