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Hermit Saint, probably St Alleaume: M.10-2009

Object information


Hermit Saint, probably St Alleaume


Unknown (Sculptor)


Carved limestone lifesize figure of a saint, with traces of painting, standing on an integrally-carved socle.


History note: Collection of John Rewald; sold Christie's, 13 December 1994, lot 95; bought James Fenton

Legal notes

Given by James Fenton

Measurements and weight

Height: 169.5 cm
Height: 66 ¾ in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009-12-01) by Fenton, James


Late 15th-early 16th Century
Circa 1480 CE - 1520 CE


St Alleaume was a hermit monk who is said to have helped clear a forest in the Auvergne where a Benedictine Abbey known as La Chaise-Dieu (from Casa Dei, House of God) was founded in 1043 - hence his attributes of a branch of a tree (partly missing here) and an axe. Alleaume was elected abbot in 1078 but retired after a year. Later he went to Spain and founded the monastery of St John at Burgos. He died in 1097.

The style of the carving of the facial features, and the drapery suggests that the figure was made in Languedoc or Aquitaine.

School or Style

Late Medieval

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Parts composed of paint ( traces of)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.10-2009
Primary reference Number: 169740
Entry form: 1035
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_10_2009
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 25 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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