Statius Otto

(fl. 1603—1618)

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(fl 1603–18). German sculptor, active in Denmark. Originally from Lüneburg, in 1603 he was an apprentice-sculptor in Helsingør, Denmark. In 1606 he was employed for a year as a sculptor at Frederiksborg Castle, collaborating with the court sculptor Greger Greus (fl 1580–1614). Otto's first documented work there was carving 16 wooden horses (1607) for the ceiling of Christian IV's summer apartment. In 1608 Otto provided the wooden model for a group of Charity, cast by Peter Hoffman for the fountain in the Gammeltorv, Copenhagen. Subsequently (after 1610) Otto was summoned to Malmö, Sweden, where he worked until 1614, as well as executing a pulpit for St Mary's, Hälsingborg, and also pulpits for other churches in the Skåne region. The large wooden high altar for St Peter's, Malmö, commissioned in 1610 and completed in the following year, is characteristic of his work. Its severe Italianate architectural structure is overlaid with an exuberant North German Renaissance decoration of gilded and polychromed projecting scrolled wings, pinnacles, carved figures and ornaments, which suggest that Otto was familiar with the work of Cornelis Floris. He collaborated on the figures of Moses and St John the Baptist with jakob Kremberg, and on other parts with Henrik Köning (fl 1603–11), a wood-carver from Malmö, and with the painter Didier Moll (d 1622), who provided the original design.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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