Leonhard Magt

(fl. 1514)

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(fl 1514; d Innsbruck, 1532). Austrian sculptor. It has been suggested that his early work may include some of the putti, usually ascribed to Sebastian Loscher (fl 1510–48), in the funerary chapel of the Fugger family in the Carmelite church of St Anna at Augsburg (endowed 1509 by Jakob Fugger II and his brothers), the earliest Renaissance monument in Germany. Magt's only documented activity is his contribution to the sculptural programme of the cenotaph of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I in the Hofkirche at Innsbruck (see fig.): the smaller than life-size statues of 23 Habsburg family saints including St Maximilian, Bishop of Pannonia and St Reinhard, which he worked up from designs provided by Jörg Kölderer (fl 1497–1540), the Emperor's court painter. In his drawings, Kölderer had differentiated the saints from one another almost entirely by means of differences in costume and attributes; Leonhard Magt was able to breathe life into them by giving each a highly individualized face and bearing, and voluminous drapery that is either stately or animated, as appropriate. Magt's wax models were cast in bronze by Stefan Godl. Originally 100 saints had been planned, but work on this part of the project was interrupted by the Emperor's untimely death in 1519.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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