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A CELEBRATION OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD: SCULPTURE FROM A FLEMISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Attributed to Lienhart Astl (active circa 1505-1523)
Austrian, Gmunden, circa 1510-1520
VIRGIN AND CHILD
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A CELEBRATION OF THE VIRGIN AND CHILD: SCULPTURE FROM A FLEMISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Attributed to Lienhart Astl (active circa 1505-1523)
Austrian, Gmunden, circa 1510-1520
VIRGIN AND CHILD
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Attributed to Lienhart Astl (active circa 1505-1523)
Austrian, Gmunden, circa 1510-1520
VIRGIN AND CHILD

Provenance

Sotheby’s London, 8 December 1994, lot 50;
private collection, Belgium

Catalogue Note

This impressive Virgin of the Crescent Moon can be ascribed with little doubt to the Upper Austrian sculptor Lienhart Astl, who ran a workshop in Gmunden between circa 1505-1523. The composition finds a direct comparison in the central group of his signed Lady Altar in Hallstatt, one of the most significant and elaborate altarpieces in Upper Austria (see Foto Marburg, inv. no. fm1782591). Note also the Virgin's delicate features and high forehead, the droll portliness of the Child, and the heavy concentric drapes, which are closely analogous to the Hallstadt figures.  

RELATED LITERATURE
A. Legner, Spätgotik in Salzburg: Skulptur und Kunstgewerbe 1400-1530, exh. cat. Neues Haus, Salzburg, 1976, p. 143, no. 265 and pl. 207

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