An important boxwood sculpture of Christ , depicted as "Cristo vivo" with opened eyes, raised towards heaven. His hair is draped in multiple spiraled curls on his back and left shoulder. He is clad in a short, thin loincloth that is held together by a knotted rope. His veined arms are widely stretched and his feet are placed onto each other. The sculpture is carved in the round with an incredible eye for details.
This sculpture is attributed to Christoph Daniel Schenck (c. 1633-1691), born to a family of sculptors who had workshops in the area of southern Germany and northern Switzerland around Lake Constance, Christoph Daniel Schenck learned to sculpt from his father. He became an important sculptor of religious imagery, working primarily in wood and ivory. Schenck produced his earliest works during the Counter-Reformation, a period of renewed artistic activity when churches and monasteries were being restored and redecorated. He frequently treated religious scenes of suffering and penitence in his work, often repeating themes in different media. Spiraling, activated drapery forms emphasized his combination of stark naturalism and heightened emotionalism.
Southern Germany. Mid 17th century.
Condition: overall in very good condition with a beautiful patina. Small parts of the fingers on both hands are missing.
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Dimensions: height (with stand) 29,5cm ; height (head to toes) 22,5cm ; arm width 19,5cm
Mounted on a custom-made metal stand.
Price : on request
2 800 €