14 December 1999
A PARCEL-GILT POLYCHROME CARVED WOOD FIGURE OF SAINT MICHAEL
PROBABLY NORTH BRABANT, SECOND HALF 15TH CENTURY
The reverse hollowed out.
The polychromy distressed; cracks; repairs; the spear probably later.
54 in. (138.1 cm.) high
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J. Leeuwenberg and W. Halsema-Kubes, Beeldhouwkunst in het Rijksmuseum - catalogus, Amsterdam, 1973, nos. 56, 67 and 68.
This figure of St. Michael overcoming the devil corresponds in its columnar form and in certain aspects of the facial type with sculpture produced in north Brabant in the second half of the 16th century, in particular the sculpture of the so-called Master of Koudewater (see Leeuwenberg and Halsema-Kubes, loc. cit.).
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