Wednesday, March 23, 2016

8 Works, RELIGIOUS ART - 15 & 16th Century Carvings & Sculpture from the Bible! With Footnotes - 2

Seven Swords Piercing the Sorrowful Heart of Mary in the Church of the Holy Cross
Salamanca, Spain.

Attributed to Michel Erhart
Virgin of Mercy, Church of our Lady in Ravensburg, Upper Swabia, c. 1480
limewood, original colours with some overpainting. 
Bode-Museum, Berlin

Michel Erhart (c. 1440 to 1445 – after 1522, Ulm) was a German late Gothic sculptor who lived and worked in Ulm. Erhart spent his journeyman years in various regions including Konstanz and the Netherlands before finally settling in Ulm around 1469, where works by him are extant from around 1469–1522. He worked in the workshop of Jörg Syrlin the Elder, as did his sons Gregor Erhart and Bernhard Erhart. After 1474 he apparently had his own workshop with numerous apprentices. More

Unidentified artist, English, 15th century 
Bosom of Abraham Trinity, c. 1420–50
95.9 x 38.1 x 12.7 cm (37 3/4 x 15 x 5 in.)
Stone; alabaster with polychromy and gilding
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA 

This startling image combines two devotional themes-the Trinity and Souls resting in the bosom of Old Testament-patriarch Abraham. The Trinity includes God, seated and blessing with his right hand; the crucified Christ; and the Holy Spirit symbolized by the dove painted at the top of the cross. A cloth draped across God’s chest contains small figures representing souls. This image offered comfort to its viewers, including the donors of the sculpture, who kneel at God’s feet, and hold scrolls which once contained their prayers. More

Holy Family
Niclaus Weckmann (1481–1528)
Holy Family, ca. c.1480-1490
South German
Limewood with traces of paint and gilding
31 7/8 x 19 11/16 x 7 3/4 in. (81 x 50 x 19.7 cm)

This engaging group of the Virgin and Child with Saint Joseph was once the centerpiece of a large altarpiece. The Virgin and Child face in the same direction as the Child raises his right hand in blessing. Their posture suggests they may have been part of Holy Kinship group with Saint Anne or of an Adoration of the Magi. The orb in his left hand symbolizes Christ’s role as spiritual ruler of the world. More

Niklaus Weckmann was a German sculptor in the period 1481-1526 in Ulm. He first worked for the Younger orders from Jörg Syrlin and developed his workshop in Ulm with time for trendsetting South German sculptor workshop. He is the Ulm School assigned. Exact life data are unknown. More

Continental Baroque Style 
Painted Figure of a Bishop Saint
The bearded saint wearing a mitre and carrying a staff while bent forward as if in blessing his congregation
Early 19th Century
Height 65 inches (165.1 cm)

Set of Four French Baroque Style 
Painted Iron Figures of The Four Evangelists
Each figure carrying an attribute and animated as if presenting a sermon
Eaised on octagonal plinths and square bases
Third quarter 19th Century. 
Greatest height 28 inches (71.1 cm)

Spanish Colonial Parcel Gilt Polychrome
Painted Figure of a Charging Saint
The bearded armed figure astride a muscular steed, charging forward as if in battle, on a rusticated base. 
18th/19th Century
Height 55 1/2 inches (140.9 cm), width 47 1/2 inches (120.6 cm)

A polychrome painted Spanish Colonial santos figurine in a frame.
16 by 9 1/2 by 3 inches

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