Workshop of Leonhard Kern (German, Forchtenberg, Hohenlohe 1588–1662 Schwäbisch Hall)
German, Schwäbisch Hall
Height: 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Not on view
Kern was a talented German carver whose individualistic classicizing style displays signs of his study in Italy. Court sculptor to the elector of Brandenburg, he specialized in small-scale works for collectors' cabinets, often producing variants in ivory, wood, and stone. The heavy features, calm stance, and compact, full body of this figure are typical of his naturalistic, monumental style, as is the simplicity of surface, markedly different from the more agitated and detailed approach of his contemporaries. The rubbed areas of remaining paint suggest an intention to imitate bronze.
Artist: After a composition by Leonhard Kern (German, Forchtenberg, Hohenlohe 1588–1662 Schwäbisch Hall)Date: mid-17th centuryMedium: Bronze, with medium brown natural patina and traces of dark lacquerAccession: 1982.60.121On view in:Gallery 542