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Statuette - St Matthias

St Matthias

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    1610-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    van Loo, François (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Boxwood

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased under the bequest of Captain H. B. Murray.

  • Museum number:

    A.16-1932

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figure came from a group of Christ and the twelve apostles, which has now been dispersed. St Matthias became an apostle after Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ.

Physical description

Statuette, boxwood. Standing bearded figure with short curling hair. The head and body are turned slightly to the right, the left foot forward. In his left hand he holds an open book, his right is missing. He wears a closely fitting tunic under a cloak which falls from his shoulders in heavy folds to the feet, the end being caught up in his belt. The eyes are inlaid with glass beads. In relief on the base S. Matthias. Signed on the base with a mongram of the letters F.V.L.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)

Date

1610-1650 (made)

Artist/maker

van Loo, François (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Boxwood

Marks and inscriptions

S. MATTHIAS
Saint Matthias
Appears in relief on the integral base.

F.v.L.
Francois van Loo
On the base.

Dimensions

Height: 16.5 cm

Object history note

Bought with a figure of Saint Simon from the Antique Art Galleries for £52. 10s 0d. with A.16-1932. These figures were once part of a series of twelve Apostles, with Christ. Other figures are held in several European museums and private collections. At least one other such series seems to survive from the hand of the same artist.

Descriptive line

Statuette, St. Matthias.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Eberkardo, S and Zwillinger, Thomas. Bildwerke von 1600-1800. Cologne: Meisterwerke im Sonütgen Museums. 1996. pp.16-17

Labels and date

ST SIMON and ST MATTHIAS
Flemish; about 1610-1650
Boxwood, signed
Purchased under the Bequest of Captain H. B. Murray

These figure originally formed part of a group of Christ and the twelve apostles.

[1993 - 2011]

Materials

Boxwood

Techniques

Carving

Categories

Sculpture; Religion; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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