Christ as the Good Shepherd
© Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Genève
Photographer : Thierry Ollivier
 
Dressed in a tunic with a twirling drape, a young child is walking forward, carrying on his shoulders a small lamb which he holds by the legs. With an audacious technical virtuosity, this small Good Shepherd ivory amazes by the graphic and nervous treatment of the garment, the expressiveness of the face and the moving representation of his young flesh. Recently rediscovered, it is one the best ivory works by Christoph Daniel Schenck, an active sculptor for the Counter-Reformation in the region of Constance at the end of the XVIIth century. [Read more]
 
 
CHRISTOPH DANIEL SCHENCK (1633-1691)
Christ as the Good Shepherd
Constance, 1677
Ivory, on an ebony base
11.4 x 4.8 x 3.7 cm
base : 5.5 cm x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
« C.D. Schenck. Inv: et. sculp. .A. 1677. » on the ivory
FGA-AD-BA-0163
 
Provenance
Ricardo Traumann’s collection, Madrid, before 1901-1936 ;
Sr. J. Valenciano, Barcelona, 1936 ;
Torelló’s collection, Barcelona ;
Torelló family’s collection until 2017 ;
Erik Bijzet, Sculpture and Works of Art, Amsterdam, 2017
 
Bibliography
Christoph Daniel Schenck 1633-1691, exhibition catalogue [Constance, Rosgartenmuseum ; Fribourg, Augustinermuseum ; Stuttgart, Württembergisches Landesmuseum, 1996], Sigmaringen, J. Thorbecke Verlag, 1996, p. 121, repr. n/b, p. 120, n° 5.
ESTELLA MARCOS, Margarita M., La escultura barroca de marfil en España: las escuelas europeas y las coloniales, Madrid, Consejo superior de investigaciones cientificas, 1984, vol. I, fig. 153, et vol. II, p. 100, n° 162.
ESTELLA MARCOS, Margarita M., « Algunas esculturas en marfil italianas en España », Archivo español de Arte, vol. n° 181, n° 46, 1973, p. 13-34, mentionned p. 33-34, repr. n/b, pl. II.
MESENZEVA, Charmian ; LOHSE, Brigitte, « Unbekannte Arbeiten Christoph Daniel Schencks und seines Kreises », Das Münster. Zeitschrift für christliche Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, vol. XXXV, n°3, 1982, p. 209-217, mentionned p. 212-213, repr. n/b p. 211, n° 4 and 5.