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Auction 1029, Old Masters and 19th Century, 17.05.2014, 11:00, Cologne Lot 1020

A figure of Saint Michael, probably Bavarian, circa 1520/1530, Hl. Michael

 Bavaria, A figure of Saint Michael, probably Bavarian, circa 1520/1530, Auction 1029 Old Masters and 19th Century, Lot 1020

A figure of Saint Michael, probably Bavarian, circa 1520/1530

Wood, carved in the round, the reverse flattened. Minor remains of former polychromy. A full-length depiction of the saint standing on a small plinth in lively contrapposto, leaning backwards with his sword arm raised. His left hand presumably originally held a set of scales. The archangel wears a girded robe, a stole and a cloak with curving seams and thick folds which, like the striking physiognomy and style of the hair, bears a strong resemblance to the works of the sculptor Hans Leinberger, who was active in Landshut around 1510/1530.

The raised hand and sword are replacements. Losses to the plinth. On a modern wooden plinth. Height 86 cm (without base).

Literature

For Hans Leinberger, see for example vergleiche zum Beispiel dessen Skulptur des "Hl. Georg" in München (Michael Baxandall: Die Kunst der Bildschnitzer. Tilman Riemenschneider, Veit Stoß und ihre Zeitgenossen, München 1984, Taf. 98).

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