Collection

D139986
D238179
D238173

Saint Judok or Saint James

Details

Hans Leinberger

Landshut, c. 1520/1525

Lime wood, traces of polychromy

H. 195 cm

Acquired from the collection of Georg Schuster, Munich, in 1915

Inv. No. 15/114

Gallery 15

Sculpture

Renaissance

Description

The figure most likely came from the main altar of the Jodokus Church in Landshut, Lower Bavaria, where Hans Leinberger had his workshop. The Bayerisches Nationalmuseum houses the most prominent collection of works by the sculptor. The innovations and conceptual brilliance for which this artist stands only become apparent when viewing the originals in person. Carved from half a lime tree trunk, Leinberger created a work of tremendous spatial effect and awe-inspiring expressivity. All energy seems to radiate from the book on the saint's knees. The book's pages are seemingly in motion and St James' hands and the folds of his robe are rendered in such virtuoso manner that the figure almost comes to life.

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