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Christoph Angermair

(c. 1580—1633)


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(b Weilheim, Bavaria, c. 1580; d Munich, 6 June 1633). German ivory-carver and sculptor. In 1611 Angermair was working in Augsburg with Philipp Hainhofer (1578-1647) on an ivory chess set (Berlin, Tiergarten, Kstgewmus.) for the Kunstschrank (collector's cabinet) Hainhofer was making for Duke Philip of Pomerania (reg 1606-18). This is one of a number of chess sets dating from Angermair's early years (e.g. St Petersburg, Hermitage; Brunswick, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Mus.) in which the rank of the figures is differentiated not only by their attributes but also by their bearing and gestures. In this period he also made portrait medallions of Duke William V of Bavaria (c. 1610; Vienna, Ksthist. Mus.) and Prince Sigismund Bathory (1613; Munich, Bayer. Nmus.), notable for their detailed depiction of physiognomy and dress; and reliefs of St Sebastian (boxwood, 160×124 mm; Frankfurt am Main, Liebieghaus) and the Temptation of Christ (ivory, 162×121 mm, London, BM). The latter were carved between 1610 and 1620. Angermair achieved the maximum effect of depth by the different treatment of foreground and background—the figures nearest to the viewer are sculpted almost in the round, whereas the other parts of the relief become flatter as they recede.

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Renaissance Art.


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