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Saint Michael the Archangel Sculptor of Lille


Sculptor of Lille active between 1450 and 1475

Date 1450–1475
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique oak

108 x 43 x 22 cm

Inventory number 50.25
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is not on display

This wooden statue with elongated proportions is a typical representative of the art of the northern French-Netherlandish border region. The carving of the draperies and the construction of the figure are rather bold; in contrast to Netherlandish sculptors, here the master does not lose himself in minute details. The most direct analogies are three angels preserved in the museum of Lille. It is likely that the Budapest statue once belonged to an altar. St Michael appears here as the vanquisher of the evil one; in medieval iconography he also appears in Last Judgement compositions as the weigher of the souls.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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