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Bishop Saint

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This figure of a Bishop Saint is of a set with a Saint Leonard figure (63.586). Both figures were originally displayed in the center of a winged altarpiece similar to that in Oehringen which is datable around 1510 (Pinder, 1929, 406-7).


Probably before 1935, purchased in Kassel, Germany by Siegfried J. Thannhauser (b. 1885 - d. 1962), Munich and Brookline, MA; 1963, bequest of Dr. Siegfried J. Thannhauser to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 8, 1963) NOTES: [1] Dr. Thannhauser immigrated to the Boston area in 1935. According to Edward R. Lubin's appraisal of his collection (February 14, 1962), this sculpture was purchased in Kassel.

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Bequest of Dr. Siegfried J. Thannhauser in memory of his wife, Franziska Reiner Thannhauser

German (Southwestern) or Austria (Western), Gothic, about 1510


87.6 x 26.0 x 5.2 cm (34 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 2 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood with polychromy