This man's head was made in Strasbourg at the end of the 15th century.
The Alsatian city known, during the "last century" of the Middle Ages, an economic, social and artistic apogee at the same time, as evidenced by the flowering of works of great quality that comes from it. This effusion explains the large number of European artists who converged there.
Among them was a Flemish sculptor, Nicolas Gerhaert, born in Leiden around 1430, who lived in Strasbourg from 1462 to 1467. The five years he spent there were decisive in the aesthetic development of Strasbourg art.
Indeed, the impulse of the regeneration of forms initiated by Nicolas de Leyde, as well as his ability to capture the anatomy, were crucial. At the turn of the year 1460, a clear evolution in the line of sculpted figures is remarkable. This became more flexible, offering visual artists a new opportunity to confer pathos on their creations. It is not surprising that the great sculptor Nicolas de Leyde took up this challenge.
This is what is reflected in our work, a liberation of emotions and a face that lets them show. Our man's head, coming from Nicolas' artistic circle, has the same specificities as the sculptor's works.
The slightly tilted head, expressing a soft mixture of melancholy and reflection, approaches a pinched smile. The nose, the fine lips and the lightness of the hair testify to the artist's ability to observe, managing to harmonize physiognomy and feeling.
The pink sandstone used for this figure is reminiscent of that of the magnificent cathedral of Strasbourg, a figure of the city. This stone from the Vosges quarries was also Nicolas de Leyde's favourite material, particularly for his main work, the bust of a man in a bent position, kept in the museum of the work in the same town.
This man's expression of profound beatitude leads us to suppose that it could be a representation of a St John of Calvary. However, the hypothesis of a civil figure remains just as plausible, in view of the subjects of the works of Nicholas of Leiden, who represents the human being more forcibly for theological purposes but almost in an avant-garde approach to physiogonomy.
Condition report : Good condition, old restoration on the nose.
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