UNKNOWN MASTER, German
(active 1050s in Augsburg)

Panels of a door

1050s
Bronze
Cathedral, Augsburg

The picture shows panels of a door on the south portal of the cathedral in Augsburg. The two leaves of this door appear to have been composed from the reassembled remains of two other doors executed about 1050-1060. Divers allegorical and mythological figures, one to each panel, make up a rather confused theme that is difficult to decipher. Imitation of antiquity is obvious. Each panel is carved with a sensitive relief and subtle modelling reminiscent of the graceful charm of Hellenistic cameos. The Augsburg doors are akin to those at Salerno and to Italo-Byzantine art, which together with Ottonian art has provided the most beautiful examples of the classicising trend in the Middle Ages.




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