Sculptor at Work on a Colossal Statue
Carl August Ehrensvärd Swedish
Formerly attributed to Johann Tobias Sergel Swedish
Not on view
This image of an artist carving a work that dwarfs him while a trumpeter plays is one of numerous autobiographical drawings the Swedish sculptor Ehrensvärd made throughout his career that reveal both the convivial and the melancholy sides of his personality. While it encapsulates the Piranesi-esque idea of modern man overwhelmed by the magnitude of the monuments of antiquity, Ehrensvärd's drawing is less histrionic in tone.
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