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The Glory of St. Sigismund
  • Johann Baptist Hagenauer
    born: Ainring, Archbishopric of Salzburg (present-day Germany) ; died: Vienna, Austrian Empire (present-day Austria)
  • The Glory of St. Sigismund, 1754
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • alabaster
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 42.6 x 23 x 7.9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 3/4 x 9 1/16 x 3 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, C7
  • 1955.0038
Label Text

White alabaster. Base of undulating contours, which bears the inscription "Johannes Hagenauer Salisburgensis Invenit et Fecit 1754," rises a central shaft, a tapering, obelisk-like form. On either side, buttress-like volutes spring forth, connected to the base by rococo S-curved ornamental forms. These more or less architectural members are almost covered, and thus more completely welded into a whole, by masses of swirling clouds, which rise to the very top of the obelisk and support the praying form of St. Sigismund located there. The kneeling royal warrior-saint is supported by a graceful angel, while beneath him a putto bears his crowned and plumed helmet.