Saint Roch and the Angel

Master of the Biberach Holy Kinship German

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 20

This sensitively carved group represents Saint Roch lifting his robe, while a small angel, his wings now missing, applies ointment to the boil on the saint’s leg. The drawn and weary face of the saint elicits empathetic anguish from the angel. The sculptor paid considerable attention to the anatomy of forms, notably in the rendering of the underlying bone structure of the face and hands and the careful articulation of the veins. Both figures are slightly rotated, which is emphasized by the long diagonal fold across the torso of Saint Roch that animates the group with implied motion.

Saint Roch and the Angel, Master of the Biberach Holy Kinship (German, active 16th century), Limewood with traces of paint, German

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