14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts Level 1, NGV International
A high demand for sculpture in the wealthy towns of Bavaria, Franconia and Swabia, and others along the Rhine, drove a flourishing local industry in carved limewood. Carved crucifixion scenes were popular for domestic as well as Church settings. This group of holy figures is in the style of the Swabian sculptor Hans Multscher, an artist who translated the new naturalism of Netherlandish artists into wood and stone. This naturalism is seen in the crumpling body of the grieving Virgin and in the poignant efforts of Mary’s companions to steady her.