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Statuette of Saint John the Evangelist

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This figure is part of a set with 18.316 and 18.318 (Saint Simon Zelotes or Saint Jude and Saint Bartholomew).


From about 1500-05 until the 19th century, tomb of Juan de Padilla, Monastery of Fresdelval, Burgos, Spain (original commission; tomb dismantled in the 19th century) [see note 1]. De Bligny collection, France. By 1916, Bacri Frères, Paris; 1917, sold by Bacri, through Walter Gay, to the MFA for $2386.36 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: June 6, 1918) NOTES: [1] For further discussion, see Dorothy Gillerman, ed., "Gothic Sculpture in America: 1. The New England Museums" (New York, 1989), cat. no. 80, pp. 112-113. [2] MFA accession numbers 03.317 and 03.318 were purchased together for $2386.36.

Credit Line

Sarah Elizabeth Simpson Fund

Spanish (Burgos), Medieval (Gothic), about 1500–05

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72.4 x 22.2 x 18.4 cm (28 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; alabaster