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Statuette - The Crucifixion group

The Crucifixion group

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Swabia

  • Date:

    about 1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Boxwood, partially painted

  • Museum number:

    A.17-1952

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture 1300-1600, Room 27, case 2 []

This group was probably placed in a small house-altar.All three figures reflect the larger sculptures from the workshop of Michel Erhart in Ulm. Erhart appeared first in the tax-rolls in 1469, and became the leading sculptor in Ulm until his dead in 1522.

Physical description

Christ, wearing a crown of thorns, is represented as dead on the Cross. His head rests on his shoulder. One end of the loincloth hangs stiffly in the air to the right. The Virgin stands frontally, her hands held together in prayer. The ends of her voluminous mantle are caught up and pressed against her body by her arms. She wears a belted gown under her mantle and a veil covers her head. St John , his head slightly inclined to the right, holds his hands in prayer before his chest. He wears a tunic belted at the waist and buttoned at the neck under a mantle, one end of which is caught up in folds and pressed against his body by his right arm. His hair is carved in thick ringlets falling onto his shoulders/

Place of Origin

Swabia

Date

about 1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Boxwood, partially painted

Dimensions

Width: 8 cm Virgin

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh F.S.A in 1952.

Historical significance: All three figures reflect the larger sculptures from the workshop of Michel Erhart in Ulm. He appeared first in the tax-rolls in 1469, and became the leading sculptor in Ulm until his dead in 1522.

Historical context note

This group was probably placed in a small house-altar.

Descriptive line

Statuette (group), boxwood, Crucifixion Group, Germany (Swabia, Ulm), ca. 1500

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

Norbert Jopek, German Sculpture 1430-1540, London, 2002, p. 83, cat. no. 33.

Labels and date

Christ on the Cross,
with the Virgin and St John
About 1500
Southern Germany, Ulm
Boxwood
Museum no. A.17 to B-1952 [26/11/2010]

Production Note

probably Ulm

Materials

Boxwood

Subjects depicted

Crown of thorns; Cross

Categories

Christianity; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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