St. Anthony Abbot
Francesco di Valdambrino, attributed to
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This painted wood sculpture was made from a single trunk of walnut, hollowed to prevent cracking in the back, with a panel to close the hole. (The joints were concealed with pieces of parchment and then gesso.) The original polychromy was revealed when two layers of repaint were removed. Scholars have attributed this sculpture on the basis of style to Francesco di Valdambrino, a Sienese sculptor who specialized in wood, and given it a date of c. 1405. The weighty presence of the figure, especially as expressed in the voluminous folds of his monk's robes, is typical of Francsco's works. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.