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Beggar from a Saint Martin and Beggar Group Leonhard von Brixen


Leonhard von Brixen active ca. 1440 – 1475/1476

Culture Austrian
Date 1460–1470
Object type wooden sculpture
Medium, technique carved, painted and gilded yellow pine wood

71 x 28 x 23 cm

Inventory number 84.6
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Sculpture 1350-1800, Gallery 1

Leinhart Scherhauff, a sculptor and painter from South Tyrol, was the head of a large workshop in Brixen (now Bressanone, Italy). He broke with the widespread tradition of the gracious International Gothic style in painting and sculpture and established a more realistic and naturalistic style. His sculptures had a strong influence on South Tyrolean art until the end of the 15th century. The statue of the
Beggar was regarded earlier as a shepherd from a Nativity scene. This is contradicted by the fact that his shabby clothing is covered by a gilded mantle.
It seems more likely that he was a figure of a Beggar for a Saint Martin group.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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