The sculptor's studio

Johann Georg Platzer1730

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

This bizarre picture is a characteristic example of the 18th-century Austrian painter Johann Georg Platzer, who made a speciality of minutely executed and highly detailed works painted on copper. The artist here imagines the scene as a well-heeled young woman visits the studio of a master sculptor. The artist sits enthroned among the activities of his pupils as he indicates the near completion of his last erotic masterpiece.

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  • Title: The sculptor's studio
  • Creator: Johann Georg Platzer
  • Date Created: 1730
  • Physical Dimensions: 47.5 x 64.7 cm panel; 64.6 x 88.3 x 6.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: Howard Hinton, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of Howard Hinton 1923
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gift of Howard Hinton 1923
  • Medium: oil on copper
  • Signature & Date: Signed l.r., black paint "J.G. Plazer". Not dated.
  • Artist Country: Austria