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Saint James the Less (bozzetto for the statue of the same name in St James' Church in Liège), ca. 1691

  • terracotta (clay material)
  • 46.3 x 28.1 x 18.7 cm
  • Inv. 2022-G

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The Liege artist Jean Delcour was active in the Southern Netherlands. After returning from Rome – the centre in Europe of Baroque sculpture during the 1660s – he became the most important and multifaced sculptor of the Principality of Liège. But his reputation extended further. Works by him are also present in situ in Flanders. His absolute masterpiece is in the ambulatory of St Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent: the monumental, white marble mausoleum of Bishop Eugène Albert d’Allamont (1627-1673), which bears witness to expressiveness and Baroque movement. That expressiveness of movement and pathos is reflected in this particular bozzetto. It is a preliminary study made in terracotta for the statue of James the Lesser (1691), which is part of the imposing series of statues of saints in wood in the Church of Saint James in Liège.


Jean Delcour RKD
Hamoir - Liège

Title Saint James the Less (bozzetto for the statue of the same name in St James' Church in Liège)
Date ca. 1691
Period 17th century
Location Liège TGN
Collection sculpture AAT
Object type terracotta (clay material) AAT
Inventory number 2022-G
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11H saints Iconclass
11H(JAMES THE LESS) the apostle James the Less, first bishop of Jerusalem; possible attributes: book, fuller's club, scroll Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
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