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Saint Joseph French Sculptor August Gerber (cast maker)


French Sculptor

August Gerber (cast maker) Köln

Date mid-13th century (original), 1909 (cast)
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique plaster cast

92 × 82 × 56 cm, 45 kg
base: 111 × 84 × 49 cm

Inventory number Rg.124
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is not on display

The busts of Saint Joseph and Anna the Prophetess (Rg.125) were cast after the full-length jamb figures of the central portal of Reims Cathedral. The two figures from the Presentation in the Temple scene flank the Virgin holding the Child, and Simeon. Reims Cathedral, reconstructed from 1211 and once the coronation church for French kings, is a masterpiece of French High Gothic architecture and one of its most harmonious works. The realistic rendition of the human figures of the portal attests to the influence of classical sculpture: the figures carved as sculptures in the round are imbued with life. One of the most famous examples of the emotional richness in sculpture is the Smiling Angel of Reims, another jamb figure of the cathedral; her gaiety can be observed in the face of Saint Joseph too.
Commissioned by the museum in 1909, the cast was made by August Gerber in Cologne. It was exhibited in the Romanesque Hall in 1910.

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