Mid-18th century Austrian Crucifix, attributed to the Workshop of Johann Franz Schwanthaler
A ca. 1750, Upper Austrian (Ried Im Innkreis) crucifix with original cross and titulus in the manner and style of Johann Franz Schwanthaler.
Approximate size: 76 x 53 cm (corpus)
The emotive character of the present corpus, coupled with its sweeping perizonium, reflects the late Baroque, Rococo drama inherent in the religious sculpture of this period. The manner of the present work follows closely with the production of the Schwanthaler dynasty of sculptors in Upper Austria. The intensity and handling of this sculpture, probably intended for the altar of a noble family’s private chapel, especially recalls the work of Johann Franz, the youngest son of Thomas Schwanthaler.
Condition: Commensurate with age. Some repairs throughout, particularly a reattachment of the perizonium. Chips and losses to polychromy. Original polychrome though blood may be a later addition.