Christoph Rodt

(c. 1580—1634)

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(b Neuburg an der Kammel, Swabia, c. 1580; d Grosskötz, nr Günzburg, Swabia, 10 March 1634). German sculptor. He was probably the son of Christoph Rodt (fl 1577–1627), a cabinetmaker; the style of his numerous sculptures suggests that he trained in the workshop of Hans Leonhard Waldburger (c. 1543–1622), who was employed by the court of the Archduke Ferdinand (brother of the emperor Maximilian I). Rodt's earliest datable work is the high altar (1604) of the parish church of St Martin in Illertissen. The altar's many monumental figures depict the Coronation of the Virgin, the Four Evangelists, SS Peter and Paul and Christ the Judge; these, and numerous other statues, are flanked by figures representing the donor Ferdinand Vohlin and his family, in attitudes of worship. These figures, like those in a relief of the Deposition (Neuburg an der Kammel, Schlosskapelle), apparently of the same date, display Rodt's preference for the exaggerated attitudes of the Mannerist figura serpentinata and his use of drapery with sharply defined contours. These characteristics are most apparent in the figures of the central shrine: the free-standing secondary figures are placed in stronger frontal relationship to the onlooker.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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