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Bozzetto: Angel

Creation

Bozzetto was part of the wooden model of the high altar of the Missionary Fathers’ Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in Horodenka. Bozzetto, created in 1752, is distinguished from the rest of Johann Pinsel’s work by its modesty and restrained carving. The author of the work could therefore be one of the master’s apprentices, presumably Antoni Sztyl.

Description

The head of the Angel is sculpted statically, with both hands folded in prayer. The figure itself is calm and steady, while the author has depicted the two large wings in a somewhat generalised and hesitant manner.

The sculptor has carved the angel’s clothes without any hollows and with no energy. His head, arms, right leg, chest and thighs are cut out meticulously but in a hesitant manner.

In the bozzetto the author has generalized the figurative meaning and artistic composition of the large sculpture. Probably for lack of time, Johann Pinsel commissioned his pupil to work on the bozzetto from a graphic sketch. In the large sculpture, the master fully applied his own plastic techniques. The bozzetto was integrated into the overall architectural composition of the model of the main altar. Unfortunately, the location of the model is unknown.

  • Bozzetto: Angel. 1752 .
  • limewood, spackling paste, white paint.
  • Size: 153х107х55.
  • Location: Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich. 2003/1102.
  • Provenance: Wooden model of the high altar of the Missionary Fathers’ Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in Horodenka.