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Statue - St. Sylvester

St. Sylvester

  • Object:

    Statue

  • Place of origin:

    Middle Rhine (probably Mainz, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1510 - ca. 1520 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Limewood

  • Museum number:

    A.56-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figure representing St. Sylvester is made by an unknown artist in the area of the Middle Rhine, perhaps Mainz, in ca. 1510-1520.
The standing figure of this Pope, which probably formed part of a corpus of an altarpiece, can be identified as St Sylvester from the following attributes: the papal tiara and staff, which is now lost, and the dragon on a book in his left hand. He is clothed in the vestments of a priest; under the cope he wears a dalmatic and an alb, and over his left forearm a maniple.

Physical description

The standing figure of a Pope, which probably formed part of a corpus of an altarpiece, can be identified as St Sylvester from the attributes: the papal tiara and staff, which is now lost, and the dragon on a book in his left hand. He is clothed in the vestments of a priest; under the cope he wears a dalmatic and an alb, and over his left forearm a maniple.

Place of Origin

Middle Rhine (probably Mainz, made)

Date

ca. 1510 - ca. 1520 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Limewood

Dimensions

Height: 103 cm, Width: 32 cm, Depth: 22 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by Miss D.M. Hepworth in Memory of Miss Vivian Preece in 1978.
The figure, which is severely worm-infested, entered the museum in two pieces, having been sawn through at the chest. During recent conservation the two pieces were re-united.

Descriptive line

Statue, limewood, St. Sylvester (in two parts), German (Middle Rhine, perhaps Mainz), ca. 1510-1520

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

Jopek, Norbert. German Sculpture 1430-1540, A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002, p. 42, cat.no. 9

Materials

Limewood

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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