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Bozzetto: St. Joachim

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 produced a bozzetto that is eloquent and emotional. The head, arms and legs are detailed anatomically, expressively, very carefully, physically and unusually.

The saint’s head is tilted to the left shoulder, as well as the arms it is anatomically and expressively handled. Joachim’s left hand is prophetically raised and his right hand holds the Holy Scriptures. The attire is carved in a flat and geometric manner. The folds of the drapery are slender and graceful, and the robe arches around the body.

Johann Pinsel carved the bozzetto of Saint Joachim as an organic, proportionate and integral part of the model of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Monastyryska. The miniature represents the sculptor’s creative method. In the sculptural design, the spiritual idea, figurative meaning and artistic composition of the sculpture are accurately conveyed. Bozzetto St Joachim is carved confidently and with flawless observance of the proportions of the human body. This suggests that Johann Pinsel was preparing graphic sketches before beginning the work, which he subsequently executed in wood or stone. The plinth of the bozzetto of St Joachim preserves an opening from the mounting of the figure in the overall architectural composition of the model of the high altar. Unfortunately, the whereabouts of the layout and the rest of the figures are unknown.

  • Bozzetto: St. Joachim. 1761.
  • limewood, spackling paste, white paint.
  • Size: 92x70x42.
  • Location: Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich. 2000/238.
  • Provenance: Wooden model of the high altar of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Monastyryska, Ternopil Region.