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Statuette - Monster

Monster

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    1610-1630 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bolten, Arent van of Zwolle (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh

  • Museum number:

    M.62-1952

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 117, case 1

This monster is attributed to Arent van Bolten, made in the Netherlands in ca. 1610-1630.
There are clearly visible attachment holes, the foremost of which are not cast but drilled, suggesting that part of the monster is missing. There is also an open back. Those two facts suggest that there was a hinged flap, or a rider.
Arent van Bolten (ca. 1573-1624/26) was a silversmith and sculptor, but got especially well known for his drawings. His most frequent subjects were grotesque figures and monsters, biblical and mythological scenes and scenes from peasant life.

Physical description

Bronze in the form of a monster with a shell back, corkscrew tail and bird's legs. Modern marble base.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)

Date

1610-1630 (made)

Artist/maker

Bolten, Arent van of Zwolle (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 15.24 cm, Width: 17.14 cm

Object history note

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

Historical significance: This is the only known specimen of this statuette, which stands on a modern plinth.

Historical context note

There are clearly visible attachment holes, the foremost of which are not cast but drilled. That suggests that part of the monster is missing. There is also an open back. These facts suggest that there was a hinged flap, or a rider.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, a monster, attributed to Arent van Bolten, Netherlandish, ca. 1610-1630

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

Leeuwenberg, Jaap, 'The Grotesques ascribed to Arent van Bolten', in: Apollo, April 1966, pp. 272-277, fig. 7, note 18
Luijten, Ger, Dawn of the Golden Age: Northern Netherlandish Art 1580-1620, Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, 1994.

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Shell; Monster; Bird

Categories

Bronze; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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