Overall: 35 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (90.2 x 36.2 x 24.1 cm)
Gift of Charles Drake, 1885
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Saint James the Greater, the patron saint of pilgrims, is identified by his cockleshell hat and walking staff. Despite its small scale, this carved statuette conveys a sense of monumentality through its strong facial modeling and bulky, deeply cut drapery patterns. Both suggest the influence of the South German sculptor Veit Stoss (d. 1533), who worked in Cracow and Nuremberg.
Artist: Workshop of Niclaus Gerhaert von Leyden (North Netherlandish, active Strasbourg, ca. 1462–died 1473 Vienna)Date: ca. 1465Medium: Walnut with paint and gildingAccession: 17.190.1735On view in:Gallery 305