Detail View: Archivision Base to Module 9: South Portal of Saint-Pierre, Moissac [plaster cast]

Preferred Title: 
South Portal of Saint-Pierre, Moissac [plaster cast]
Alternate Title: 
Reproduction of South Portal of Saint-Pierre, Moissac
Image View: 
East flanking panel of the south portal, the Incarnation, upper panel, Flight into Egypt
unknown (French cast maker)
repository: Palais de Chaillot (Paris, Île-de-France, France)
Location Note: 
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (Musée national des Monuments Français), galerie Davioud; 1, Place du Trocadéro
1879 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Style Period: 
Nineteenth century
Work Type 1: 
Work Type 2: 
Work Type 3: 
patinated plaster
casting (process)
In the late Victorian era, plaster casts of outstanding world artworks were produced by various vendors for museums (and world's fairs), spurred by an initiative of Prince Albert in Great Britain. Just a few museums, like the V&A and the Musée national des Monuments Français (Galerie des Moulages) went to extraordinary lengths to develop their own large, unique casts. The present cast collection (in what was the Palais du Trocadéro), was proposed by Viollet-le-Duc in 1879, which is the year this cast was made. It is a cast of the south portal of the former Benedictine abbey (Eglise abbatiale Saint-Pierre) in Moissac, Tarn-et-Garonne department, southwestern France. The giant tympanum, over 6 m wide, represents a theophanic vision, the iconographic source of which has been disputed. Christ, enthroned and wearing a crown, is surrounded by the four living creatures and the twenty-four Elders described in Revelation 4; they carry cups and musical instruments as in Revelation 5. There are also relief panels on the walls flanking the portal. (Source: Grove Art Online;
Image Description: 
The wall reliefs show the Incarnation on the right (east) flanking wall. the narrative on the right wall begins at the bottom with the Annunciation and Visitation and continues above with the Adoration of the Magi, spans two arches; the cycle concludes across the upper frieze with the Flight into Egypt and Presentation in the Temple.
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