Doorway from the Church of San Nicolò, San Gemini

Date: 10th century

Place of Production: Carved 1000s, assembled 1100s or 1200s

Description: ‘This doorway is an example of the reuse of materials during the life of a single medieval church’. The marble used to construct the doorway was taken from local Roman ruins. The principal elements were carved at different times during the eleventh century, putting on show varied styles and carving techniques. It is possible that the lions were made for another location and then transferred to the church.  It was not until one or two centuries later that the portal was actually constructed.

Accession Number: 47.100.45a–g

Held at: Metropolitan Museum of New York

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