Relief with Saint Philip, Saint Jude and Saint Batholomew
From the Cathedral of Vich, Spain
Height 81.4cm x width 63.4cm
Museum no. A.49-1932
The three figures can be identified because the books they are holding are inscribed with the Latin versions of their names. Saint Philip, Saint Jude and Saint Bartholomew were all Apostles, followers of Christ in the 1st century AD. The halos behind their heads are used to indicate their holiness. The linear carving of the beards, hair and drapery are distinctive qualities of sculpture of this period. The irises of the eyes of the three figures have been filled with lead plugs.
This sculpture originally formed part of the decoration of the west front of the Cathedral of Saint Peter at Vich, about 40 miles north of Barcelona in Spain. The cathedral was destroyed in 1791.