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Medieval Naturalism and the Botanical Carvings at Corcomroe Abbey (County Clare)

E. Charles Nelson and Roger A. Stalley
Gesta
Vol. 28, No. 2 (1989), pp. 165-174
DOI: 10.2307/767066
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/767066
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Abstract

The late Romanesque capitals in the Cistercian Abbey of Corcomroe in Ireland include at least five examples that appear to depict living plants. These were carved ca. 1205-10, half a century before naturalistic foliage came into vogue in Gothic sculpture. This paper seeks to identify the plants used as models and discusses the implications of the carvings for the spread of naturalism in the thirteenth century.

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