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Saint Anne with the Virgin and Child German Sculptor


German Sculptor active in the early 17th century

Culture German
Date early 17th century
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique terracotta

42 × 26 × 22 cm, 8 kg

Inventory number 5268
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, First Floor, European Art 1600–1700 and British Painting 1600–1800, Gallery VII

A fine example of early Baroque German sculpture is the terracotta sketch forming the trio of St. Anne, the Virgin Mary, and the Infant Jesus. The women are dressed in fashionable contemporary costumes, but their depiction is in keeping with old conventions: the Virgin appears as a diminutive figure by her mother’s side, suggesting the age difference between them. An interesting feature of the elaborate sculpture, which was probably once decorated with paint, is the use of the chisel to form the curls in the hair of the figures, typical of woodcarvings.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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