The elegantly gesturing figures of Saints Cosmas and Damian likely flanked the central part of a South-German rococo altarpiece. Cosmas and Damian were 3rd-century twin brothers. Because the martyr-twins were physicians, they were later venerated by those seeking protection from the plague and adopted as patron saints for members of medical professions.


  • Title: Saint Cosmas
  • Creator: Ignaz Günther
  • Date Created: circa 1750–1765
  • Physical Dimensions: Object Height/Width/Depth: 172.7 x 86.3 x 42.2 cm, Object Height/Width/Depth: 68 x 34 x 16 5/8 in
  • Type: sculpture
  • Medium: linden wood, polychromy, gilding

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