Most archaeologists believed the statues of Clovis and Clothar to no longer exist. But in fact they had been in circulation, identified as very rare, medieval statues without any relation to the Doorway of Moutiers-Saint-Jean. It was James Rorimer who identified the statues as belonging to the doorway. Yet even when reunited with their portal, the figures of Clovis and Clothar retain a pastiched character, for it is not certain if each sculpture bears the correct head.
In , The Cloisters celebrated its fiftieth anniversary as a branch museum of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Devoted to the art of medieval Europe, The. ykoketomel.ml: The Cloisters: Studies in Honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary ( ): Elizabeth C. Parker, Mary B. Shepard: Books.
The statues of King Clovis and King Clothar were fragments themselves, in which their heads were wrongly transposed many times before the final presentation at the Cloisters today. In the sixteenth century, the heads of both statues were separated from their bodies. The heads were replaced and then reinstalled multiple times over the centuries, most recently by James Rorimer for their display at the Cloisters. Some scholars are still not convinced that the display is correct.
There is also evidence to suggest that the two king statues might not belong to the doorway at all. However, an iron pintle in the left niche of the doorway corresponding to iron fastenings on the back of the statue of King Clovis is the evidence that proves that the statues belong to the Doorway of Moutiers-Saint-Jean. The Doorway of Moutiers-Saint-Jean is only one object, yet it symbolizes the complicated journey many medieval pieces endured to finally be rediscovered and appreciated by the American public.
The narrative becomes one of triumph and beauty instead of wreckage. The interest of American collectors, though at times opportunistic, did come at the right time. Beautiful art that allows people to understand and picture the Middle Ages would have been lost without the intervention of American dealers and collectors.
The journey to America represented a second life for objects such as the Doorway of Moutiers-Saint-Jean, in which their collaged pieces evoke their history. Forsyth, William. Frankfurter, Alfred M. Jewell, Edward. Rorimer, James. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stratford, Neil. Parker, Conclusion The Doorway of Moutiers-Saint-Jean is only one object, yet it symbolizes the complicated journey many medieval pieces endured to finally be rediscovered and appreciated by the American public.
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