Three Figures

Artist: Sculptor of Antwerp
Date made: early 16th century
Medium and support: oak
Dimensions: 38 × 34 × 6 cm
Type: relief
Inventory number: 51.906
Collection: Sculpture

In the Netherlands, sculpture and painting workshops produced carved altars, reliefs, and painted panels on a large scale, so the trade of these artefacts increased throughout Europe. The market needed to be regulated, and so the sculptors and painters began to use maker’s marks, burnt into the wood. Such marks were a sign of quality, and they enabled the object to be easily identified. The sculptors of the guild in Antwerp marked their sculptures with the form of a small hand from 1470 onwards. This piece in Budapest also have this guild marking.

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