St. Michael Archangel

dc.contributor.authorStefano da Putignanoen
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-31T18:56:48Z
dc.date.available2021-08-31T18:56:48Z
dc.date.created1538en
dc.descriptionCathedral, Gravina in Pugliaen
dc.description.abstractStefano da Putignano's sculpture of St. Michael, created in 1538, is his last known work. The sculpture was moved to its present location, in a 17th-century altar decorated with paintings of the saint, after the chapel of St. Michael was destroyed in the 16th-century (possibly damaging the statue in the process, though accounts conflict). The sculpture was not painted until over a century later in 1641, possibly because Stefano died before he could oversee the completion of the work. Unlike Stefano's sculpture of St. Michael in the cave church of Monte Laureto in Putignano, in which the saint appears less immediately occupied with his task at hand, this sculpture shows St. Michael in the very moment of striking down upon the dragon. His arms, which come out and away from the body, indicate that he has engaged the muscles in his body. The ample drapery, swept back and off his shoulders, captures a sense of his swift movement. Such changes to sculptural form are demonstrative of the maturity of style that defined the end of Putignano's career. In this late work Stefano also seems to imitate the caryatides of the Nuzzo Barbo tomb in Conversano. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.en
dc.format.extenth. 165 cmen
dc.format.mediumPainted stoneen
dc.identifier.citationClara Gelao, Stefano da Putignano ""virtuoso scultore del rinascimento (Bari: Mario Adda, 2020), 175; Clara Gelao, Stefano da Putignano nella scultura pugliese del rinascimento (Fasano di Brindisi: Schena, 1990), cat. 48, pp. 135-6.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/29177
dc.rights.holderUna D'Eliaen
dc.rights.licensePhotograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licenseen
dc.subjectArchangelen
dc.subjectSaint Michaelen
dc.subjectSan Micheleen
dc.subjectAngelen
dc.subjectDragonen
dc.titleSt. Michael Archangelen
dc.typeImageen
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