Artwork of the month

February 2018 Decorative Arts

Christ as the Good Shepherd

Dressed in a tunic with a twirling drape, a young child is walking forward, carrying on his shoulders a small lamb which he holds by the legs. With an audacious technical virtuosity, this small Good Shepherd ivory amazes by the graphic and nervous treatment of the garment, the expressiveness of the face and the moving representation of his young flesh. Recently rediscovered, it is one the best ivory works by Christoph Daniel Schenck, an active sculptor for the Counter-Reformation in the region of Constance at the end of the XVIIth century. 
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Christoph Daniel SCHENCK (1633-1691)
Christ as the Good Shepherd
Constance, 1677
Ivory, on an ebony base
11.4 x 4.8 x 3.7 cm
Base : 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
« C.D. Schenck. Inv: et. sculp. .A. 1677. » on the ivory

Ricardo Traumann’s collection, Madrid, before 1901-1936
Sr. J. Valenciano, Barcelona, 1936
Torelló’s collection, Barcelona
Torelló family’s collection until 2017
Erik Bizjet, Sculpture and Works of Art, Amsterdam, 2017

© Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève. Photographer : Thierry Ollivier

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