MEDIEVAL SCULPTOR, French
(active 1110-1150 in Toulouse)

Sts Peter and Paul

1110-50
Stone
Musée des Augustins, Toulouse

Eight such reliefs representing the twelve apostles originally ornamented the portal of the chapterhouse of Saint Etienne in Toulouse. Like the figures in the Saint-Sernin choir, these two apostles shelter under an arcade; but in their attitudes very little remains of the Saint-Sernin apostles. Peter and Paul are attenuated, animated and sinewy; their crossed legs suggest a walking movement, and the statues seem to break away from the plane of the wall to assume a life of their own. The drapery falls in complex and rather agitated folds, the limbs, and especially the joints, hugged by arbitrarily patterned swirls of pleats.