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Saint Martin Frank Sculptor


Frank Sculptor active ca. 1510

Date ca. 1510
Object type wooden sculpture
Medium, technique limewood

131 x 39 x 19 cm

Inventory number 76.8
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is on view at the permanent exhibition

On seeing an indigent beggar, the knight gave him half of his robe, according to the legend of Saint Martin. The scene of a soldier on his horse, preparing
to cut his robe in two was a common theme in medieval depictions. The Budapest sculpture is different in that it was originally situated in a niche, and so the narrow space required a standing figure (instead of a scene). Saint Martin is wearing
the typical vestment of an archbishop, while the tiny figure of the beggar is shown at his feet. The unknown artist of the Budapest sculpture faithfully follows the carving methods for sculptures of archbishops, employing the upwardly broadening mitre and naturalistic wrinkles that were typical of Tilman Riemenschneider’s workshop.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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