Early 16th century Fragmentary Stone Bust of an Apostle or Saint
An Impressive Fragmentary Stone Bust of an Apostle or Saint
Probably ca. 1510-30, North European (possibly German)
Height: 21 cm / Weight: approx. 11.5 kg
The present fragment probably once belonged to a life-size statue, damaged during war or perhaps during the iconoclast movements of the Reformation era. The statue was likely indoors and set into a niche or retable, looking downward and slightly toward the left, judging by the unfinished character of the sculpture's reverse.
This impressive and emotive sculpture is probably North European in origin and lingers between Gothic and Renaissance sentiments.