LENCKHARDT, Adam
(b. 1610, Würzburg, d. 1661, Wien)

St Sebastian

after 1642
Ivory
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

Ivory was popular as a material for religious subjects, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries. Spanish and Portuguese patrons imported ivories carved with Christian imagery from their territories overseas, such as the Philippines, Mexico and Goa. German and Netherlandish artists were renowned for their dexterity in ivory carving.

Adam Lenckhardt was renowned across Europe for the naturalism of his works in ivory.