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Angel Holding a Candlestick

Franz Maidburgc. 1515

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

Renaissance and Reformation. German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach

A pupil of Tilman Riemenschneider, Franz Maidburg created this virtuoso sculpture for the tabernacle of Cologne Cathedral. It was begun around 1515 and highly praised by contemporaries (the structure was dismantled in 1766). Especially remarkable is Maidburg’s dynamic conception of the figure: the shoulders twist clockwise, whereas the head is turned in the opposite direction.

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  • Title: Angel Holding a Candlestick
  • Creator: Franz Maidburg
  • Date Created: c. 1515
  • Physical Dimensions: H: 24.5 cm
  • Technique and Material: Sandstone
  • Provenance: Acquired in 1928 in Berlin, formerly in the Benoit Oppenheim Collection, Berlin
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Eigentum des Kaiser Friedrich Museumsvereins
  • Inv.-No.: 8409
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-815614
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/skulpturensammlung-und-museum-fuer-byzantinische-kunst/home.html
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinisch Kunst/ Antje Voigt; Text © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; cat. no. 14 / Julien Chapuis
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1480 Freiberg, Saxony (?)–1533 Freiberg, Saxony
  • Artist Biography: During his travels as a journeyman around 1510–12, the Saxon sculptor probably got to know Tilman Riemenschneider’s workshop in Würzburg. Documented in Freiberg from 1513, Maidburg worked for the Freiberg cathedral, the Annenkirche in Annaberg, the Benedictine monastery in Chemnitz, and in Komotau (Chomutov) in Bohemia. The attribution of the tabernacle in Cologne cathedral to Maidburg is not definitive.

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