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Saint Andrew Giovanni Giuliani (circle of) Austrian Sculptor (previous attribution)


Giovanni Giuliani (circle of) Venice, 1664 – Heiligenkreuz, 1744

Austrian Sculptor (previous attribution) 18th century

Date 18th century
Object type wooden sculpture
Medium, technique figure: pear-wood, branch and pedestal: walnut wood

57 × 30 × 21 cm

Inventory number L.4114
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Second Floor, European Sculpture 1350-1800, Gallery 2

The Venetian-born sculptor Giovanni Giuliani moved to Vienna at a young age. At first, he worked for the Austrian aristocracy, but later he withdrew to the Cistercian monastery of Heiligenkreuz. Whilst at Heiligenkreuz he no longer undertook secular commissions, devoting his work in sculpture entirely to the religious order. He introduced to Austria elements that were characteristic of Italian
late baroque sculpture, and Georg Raphael Donner became one of his disciples. Although the artist of the Saint Andrew statuette remains unknown, in terms of style and composition the piece has a close affinity to works by Giovanni Giuliani.
Although the figure and the decorative niche were made around the same time, it is evident from the way they are joined that they were assembled at a later point in time.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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