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Saint John on Calvary Wood - Germany Circa 1500
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Ref : 98355
26 000 €
Period :
<= 16th century
Artist :
Entourage Daniel Mauch
Provenance :
Germany
Medium :
Lime wood with traces of polychromy and gilding
Dimensions :
l. 12.6 inch X H. 34.65 inch X P. 6.69 inch
Sculpture  - Saint John on Calvary Wood - Germany Circa 1500 <= 16th century - Saint John on Calvary Wood - Germany Circa 1500 Middle age - Saint John on Calvary Wood - Germany Circa 1500 Antiquités - Saint John on Calvary Wood - Germany Circa 1500
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Saint John on Calvary Wood - Germany Circa 1500

This superb limewood Saint John is characteristic of the artistic production of Bavaria in the late fifteenth, early sixteenth century. He has almond-shaped eyes, small pursed lips, a curved nose, thick curly hair. He is wearing a traditional 16th century male garment, tightened at the waist by a belt and covered by a large cloak, whose folds and draping give the piece a striking realism. The saint is standing, barefoot, with his head turned slightly to his right, wiping his tears with a piece of his cloak with his right hand and raising his left hand in reaction to the scene he is observing. Indeed, St. John's posture tells us that he was part of a larger ensemble, made for an altarpiece: a scene of the crucifixion of Christ. According to tradition, John "the disciple whom Jesus loved" is present at the foot of the cross at the death of Christ, along with Mary. Still on the left of Christ, the Virgin and John, on the right, weep and lament together. The attitude of our Saint John expresses a strong emotion and a deep pain but also gives off a great piety.
This work can be compared to the work of the German sculptor Daniel Mauch (1477-1540). An artist who is attested to from 1508 in the city of Ulm (Baden-Württemberg) where he directed a workshop specializing in sculpted wooden altarpieces, he is known to have worked the last ten years of his life in the Walloon region. With the Protestant Reformation gaining ground in the German Empire, the demand for religious images collapsed, causing him to lose some of his clientele. Faithful to the Catholic faith, he left the city of Ulm with his family when it declared itself Protestant. He settled in Liege where he worked until the end of his life and left a strong mark on the artistic scene of the region. The connection of our piece with this artist is reinforced by another work attributed to Mauch: a Saint Sebastian in lime wood, kept in the Petit Palais, dating from the first decades of the 16th century. The work on the hair, the folds of the garment, the bare feet on a grass base, and the dignified but emotional face are elements that confirm our connection.
The quality of the wood, the traces of polychromy and gilding; added to the great finesse of the chiseling of this sculpture, offers us a representation of the saint of the most touching and elegant.

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Wood Sculpture Middle age