Baptismal Font at St. Bartholomew’s Church

Baptismal Font at St. Bartholomew’s Church

Artist Renier of Huy

Date 1107-18

Movement Romanesque

Housed at Saint-Barthélemy, Liège, Belgium


The origin of this font has been greatly debated; however, it is generally attributed as Mosan, from the Valley of the Meuse. This bronze casting resembles the Doors of Bishop Bernward in that its relief figures are clearly defined against a background of empty space; however, the drapery of the figures and even the figures themselves have been treated with a Classical style. This baptismal font was meant to emulate Solomon’s basin in the Temple of Jerusalem, which itself sat upon twelve oxen.