GERHAERT VAN LEYDEN, Nicolaus
(active 1462-1473)

Man Meditating

c. 1467
Red sandstone, height 44 cm
Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame, Strasbourg

Outstanding among the strong personalities directing the numerous sculpture workshops in the Germanic countries is an artist of Dutch origin: Nicolaus Gerhaert van Leyden. His activity is well-authenticated at Trier, Vienna and Strasbourg between 1463 and 1473. His art owes a great deal to Sluter, but has a more marked expressive note. In this etched face and tensed hands the artist has succeeded in rendering the most intense inner emotion. The spirituality emanating from this physically stricken being demonstrates the wide scope of its author's talent.




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