Sunday, January 10, 2021

Wooden Sculpture Before 1800

Anonymous Italian Artist
St Anne
ca. 1310
painted wood
Duomo di Chieti

Anonymous Italian Artist
Virgin Annunciate
14th century
painted wood
Casa Museo Rodolfo Siviero, Florence

Anonymous German Artist
Female Study-Figure for Human Proportions
ca. 1550
wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Anonymous German Artist
Male Study-Figure for Human Proportions
ca. 1550
wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

El Greco
Pandora
ca. 1600-1610
painted wood
Museo del Prado, Madrid

El Greco
Epimetheus
ca. 1600-1610
painted wood
Museo del Prado, Madrid

attributed to Michel Erhart
Allegory of Transience
(young woman, young man, and old woman)
ca. 1470-80
painted wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

from Falling Water

I think that people are the sum of their illusions,
That the cares that make them difficult to see
Are eased by distance, with their errors blending
In an intricate harmony, their truths abiding
In a subtle "spark" or psyche (each incomparable,
Yet each the same as all the others) and their
Disparate careers all joined together in a tangled
Moral vision whose intense, meandering design
Seems lightened by a pure simplicity of feeling,
As in grief, or in the pathos of a life
Cut off by loneliness, indifference or hate,
Because the most important thing is human happiness –
Not in the sense of private satisfactions, but of
Lives that realize themselves in ordinary terms
And with the quiet inconsistencies that make them real.

– John Koethe (1997)

Tilman Riemenschneider
Adam
ca. 1495-1505
wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Fran├žois Dieussart
William II, Prince of Orange
ca. 1650-75
painted wood
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Daniel Mauch
Group of Erotes Playing
ca. 1520-30
wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Felipe Ydalgo Buenfiglio
Bust of Female Saint
ca. 1750-60
painted wood
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

attributed to Vecchietta (Lorenzo di Pietro)
Crucifix
ca. 1450
wood
Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, Siena

Pietro di Giovanni Tedesco
Crucifix (fragment)
ca. 1460
painted wood
Bode Museum, Berlin

from Falling Water

In a late and very brief remark, Freud speculates
That space is the projection of a "psychic apparatus"
Which remains almost entirely oblivious to itself

– John Koethe (1997)

Ancient Egypt
Recumbent Jackal
ca. 1315-1081 BC
painted wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Anonymous French Artist
Winged Sphinx
ca. 1790-1800
gilt-wood
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York