Puerta de la Gloria

Puerta de la Gloria

Commissioned by the Museum from Domenico Brucciani in 1866 at a cost of £2300


Portal known as the Puerta de la Gloria
Master Mateo (active 1168-?1217)
Dated 1188
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Portal, in stone, known as the Puerta de la Gloria, with representations of Christ in Majesty surrounded by the Evangelists, Angels bearing the Symbols of the Passion, the Apocalyptic Elders, St James the Greater, the Apostles and the Prophets, from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Master Mateo is shown crouching on the reverse of the central column.

A full account of the casting of this cast can be found in the article by Malcolm Baker, 'A Glory to the Museum', The Casting of the Portico de la Gloria', Victoria and Albert Museum Album, I, 1982, pp. 102-8.