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Nicodemus (figure of an Entombment), ca. 1500

  • oak (wood)
  • 81.5 cm
  • Inv. 1952-AN

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After carving or sculpting, wood and limestone sculptures were painted in polychrome or clad in fabric garments. The statue of Nicodemus, a figure from the scene of an entombment, bears traces of paint. In many cases, the early colourful and dazzling appearance of most of these sculptures, which also had a symbolic significance, was lost because the sculptures were badly conserved or due to neglect and changing aesthetic preferences over time. The Iconoclasm during the Protestant Reformation, in the second half of the 16th century, also gave rise to the destruction of sculptures and other art treasures. The remaining artworks were often damaged and dispersed.


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Title Nicodemus (figure of an Entombment)
Date ca. 1500
Period 15th century
16th century
Location Southern Netherlands TGN
Collection sculpture AAT
Object type oak (wood) AAT
Inventory number 1952-AN
Acquisition credit gift
Horenbant, Jozef
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11H(NICODEMUS) male saints (NICODEMUS) Iconclass
31A534 beard Iconclass
41D221 head-gear Iconclass
41D2332 shoes, sandals Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C public life of Christ: from his baptism until the Passion Iconclass
73D Passion of Christ Iconclass
73D71 descent from the cross: Christ is taken down from the cross, usually by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea who are standing on the ladders (both arms of Christ detached) Iconclass
School / Style Early Netherlandish AAT
Oude Meesters uit het Museum voor schone Kunsten Gent in de crypte van de Sint-Baafskathedraal. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2004 (s.p., cat. 16)
Borman : a Family of Northern Renaissance Sculptors (exhibition 'Borman and Sons. The Best Sculptors' Leuven, M-Museum, 20.09.2019 - 26.01.2020) / Marjan Debaene, Ria De Boodt, Claire Dumortier, Emile Van Binnebeke. - London : Harvey Miller Publishers, 2019 (p. 77-79, 213, cat. 89 (ill. 19))
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