GÜNTHER, Franz Ignaz
(b. 1725, Altmannstein, d. 1775, München)


Limewood, white painted, height 52 cm
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich

The statuette showing Chronos with the hourglass is an allegorical representation of passing time and transitoriness in general. The figure may have adorned a clock case or memorial tablet.Though the movement of the soulful but tired old man and the sweeping outline remained essentially late Baroque characteristics, the classically developed body and uniform white of the paint indicate pictorial concepts of Neoclassicism.