The central European sculpture workshop in the Baroque period

Project GAČR

Project GAČR – GA13-11456S

Investigator: PhDr. Tomáš Hladík


This paper explores the phenomenon of Baroque sculpture workshops in central Europe – in Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Germany and Austria. Sculpture work was based not only on the inventiveness of its master sculptor and his skilled assistants, but also on the workshop collection of models. The most highly valued of these were always the first sculptured sketches (bozzetti) capturing the sculptor’s search for the best compositional design. The key creative differences between sketches and more elaborate models cannot always be systematically

traced due to individual artist work practices and regional customs. Nevertheless, as they represent a sizeable number and are closely linked with the surviving drawn designs of a large spectrum of church amenities, they can provide a relatively precise picture of commonly used work processes in the everyday practice of the sculpture studio in the Baroque period. A more detailed explanation of how this working community functioned, however, would require a more in-depth study of relevant materials in Czech and European state collections.

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