This is the first book in English devoted to German baroque sculpture.
“It is an outstanding achievement on the part of the author to have very largely succeeded in writing a coherent account of such a rich but complex period of sculptural history. Accessibly priced, thanks to sponsorship from the Reiner Winkler Foundation and others, it is very much to be hoped that it will encourage English-speaking audiences to become more familiar with the cultures of the German-speaking lands and to explore some brilliant and innovative sculptors, whose work really should be much better known.” (Jeremy Warren, in Church Monuments, 37, 2023, p. 164-165)
“Trusted’s book with its superb color illustrations is a most welcome scholarly addition that, hopefully, will spur broader interest in German, Austrian, and Bohemian baroque and rococo sculpture.” (Jeffrey Chipps Smith, in Journal of Jesuit Studies, 10, 2023, p. 544)
Marjorie Trusted (also known as Holly Trusted), a former Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is Honorary Research fellow of the V&A, the University of Glasgow and Durham University. She has published widely in the field of sculpture.
Around 1600, a new style of sculpture started to evolve and flourish in Central Europe and in the German-speaking lands. Dramatic wood and stone figures peopled the palaces, gardens and churches of Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Vienna and Prague. These great works of art are little known outside Germany and Austria, partly because their colour and vivacity are so astoundingly different from the sculpture that was being produced in Italy, France and elsewhere in Northern Europe at that time. They are overpowering, and amongst the greatest works of art produced in Europe in the seventeenth century. This groundbreaking book explores their history and conveys their visual power.
List of Illustrations
Sculpture in South Germany 1600-40: Antecedents and International Currents
Small-Scale Sculpture and Patronage in Berlin and Vienna: 1630-1700
The Court of Saxony in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries
Munich and Bavaria in the Late Seventeenth and First Half of the Eighteenth Century
The Mid-Eighteenth Century in Bavaria
Sculpture in Prague c. 1650-1750
Sculpture in Vienna, Gurk, Würzburg and Trier. Ceramics.
Appendix I: Biographical List of Artists
Appendix II: List of Rulers and Patrons