This striking Saint Sebastian in alabaster presents itself as a rare testimony on the art market of the work of Jörg Zürn, a genius sculptor, counted among the most fervent and talented representatives of the Baroque in Swabia at the end of the 16th century and in the first decades of the 17th century [...].
Tied to his tree and pierced with arrows, our Sébastien faithfully takes up a formula inaugurated by Jörg Zürn in one of his most famous works: the Altarpiece of the Virgin Mary, commissioned by the Bertz family for the church of Saint-Nicolas in Überlingen.
Of larger dimensions, and approached as an isolated figure, our sculpture finds however a greater mobility here than the Saint Sebastian crowning the Marienaltar, and seems to tend in its execution towards an increased desire for veracity. It is thus interesting to compare the anatomy of our sculpture with the contorted torso with supple musculature of Saint Sebastian produced by Martin Zürn for the Altarpiece in the Frauenberg chapel in Bad Waldsee on which Jörg was also working. Obeying Baroque expressionism, the “pathos” of our protagonist's gaze and half-open mouth is superimposed on that of a Saint Sebastian from a private collection, exhibited by the Kornhaus Bad Waldsee Museum in 1998 and awarded to Jörg Zurn on this occasion. Also in alabaster, this work of similar typology and complexion can be presented today as its closest reflection [...].
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