Description This figure is one of a group of works by an extremely talented but as yet unidentified sculptor called the "Master of the Furies" after his statuette of a Fury in Vienna. No "subject" is depicted but torment, expressed by the man's wild facial expression, elongated and outstretched arms, and writhing curls of hair, all characteristic of the master's later works, while the theatricality and exaggerated naturalism are more general qualities of German baroque works of art. The sculptor plays with the viewer's knowledge of ivory's inherently cylindrical shape and limited width by attaching auxiliary pieces of ivory to extend the figure's outstretched arms.
- World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
Provenance Rodolphe Kann, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; George Robinson Harding, New York [date and mode of acuqisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925
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