The precariously balanced baby here is close to the Christ Child in a Madonna and Child group by Hans Multscher at the church of St Maris Himmelsfahrt in Landsberg, dating to around 1435-40. The slightly pear shaped body and creased, tight folds of skin on the arms are seen in both groups, and the distinctive curly hair and sharply carved eyes of the present sculpture are also seen in the child in Landsberg. The sculptor of the present group appears to have been a follower of Multscher, who had a large workshop and had a lasting influence on the sculpture produced in Ulm. The present group can be compared to another Madonna and Child attributed to the Heggbacher Master, a follower of Hans Multscher, and dated to 1470-1475 (illustrated in Hans Multscher). Note the treatment to the Madonna's eyes with the crease below the lower lids and also the delicate treatment of the slender fingers, with the finger nails carefully described.
Hans Multscher, pp. 421-422, no. 61; Baxandall, pp. 245-246, plate. I & colour plate I
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