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Bozzetto: St. Anne

Creation

Bozzetto was part of the wooden model of the high altar of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Monastyryska. Johann Pinsel created it in 1761.

Description

The author has carved St. Anne’s head leaning towards the right shoulder in a generalised, but distinctive manner. The sculptor has proportionately and geometrically modelled the dress and the wide-brimmed shawl, dynamically wrapping the female form. The fingers of the hands, despite their small size, are carved anatomically and in great detail.

Johann Pinsel carved the bozzetto as an integral part of the ensemble of the layout of the high altar of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Monastyrys’ka. The miniature is striking in its thoroughness, dynamics, the precision of detail and in keeping with the large sculptural depiction of St. Anne. The work was created on a scale of 1:12.

As with the larger works, Johann Pinsel used the principles of glued wood in the creation of the miniatures. Under unknown circumstances, Saint Anne’s hands were broken off and subsequently glued. The base of the plinth preserves the hole from the mounting of the figure in the entire architectural composition of the model of the high altar. Unfortunately, the location of the model and the rest of the figures is unknown.

  • Bozzetto: St. Anne. 1761.
  • limewood, spackling paste, white paint.
  • Size: 91х54х43.
  • Location: Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich. 2000/239.
  • Provenance: Wooden model of the high altar of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Monastyryska, Ternopil Region.