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Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection

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German, Lower Bavaria, or Upper Austrian, circa 1520
RELIEF WITH THE VIRGIN AND CHILD AND TWO ANGELS
with an old label to the underside inscribed: Sammlung Dr. Becker / 12 in ink and inscribed: 7060 in white crayon to the reverse
gilt and polychromed limewood
105cm., 41 3/8 in.
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Provenance

Johannes Hinrichsen, Altaussee;
Dr. Heinrich Becker, Dortmund, Germany, acquired from the above in 1954;
the present owners, acquired from the above in 1975

Exhibited

Schloss Cappenberg, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund, Meisterwerke alter Malerei, 1954, no. 18

Catalogue Note

This charming relief of the Virgin and Child with Angels at her feet may originate from the same workshop as a group of the Seated Virgin and Child formerly in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich (Müller, op. cit., no. 77), which has been located in the Innviertel on the Austrian border with Bavaria. The Virgin's corpulence and her attractive round face with delicate features mirror the group in Munich as well as a related Virgin formerly in a Frankfurt collection (Schmitt and Swarzenski, op. cit., no. 169). 

Typical of Bavarian sculpture under the influence of the Landshut master Hans Leinberger are the broad, chubby heads with small features exhibited by the Christ Child and Angels in the present group. The motif of the Angels 'opening up' the Virgin's drapery as if it were a curtain lends a playful theatricality to the composition.

RELATED LITERATURE
O. Schmitt and G. Swarzenski, Meisterwerke der Bildhauerkunst in Frankfurter Privatbesitz, Bd. 1, Deutsche und Franzosische Plastik des Mittelalters, Frankfurt am Main, 1921; T. Müller, Die Bildwerke in Holz, Ton und Stein von der Mitte des XV. bis gegen Mitte des XVI. Jahrhunderts, cat. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, 1959; Um Leinberger: Schüler und Zeitgenossen, exh. cat. Spitalkirche Heiliggeist, Landshut, 2007

Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection

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London