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Hiernle [Hiernlein; Hirnl; Hirnle], Karl [Karel] Josef

Ivo Kořán

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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(b c. 1693; bur Prague, Feb 7, 1748).

Bohemian sculptor of German origin. His family were active as sculptors in Landshut and later in Mainz. He probably trained in Prague with Matej Václav Jäckel and perhaps in the Brokof family workshop. His earliest work seems to be a stone group of St John Nepomuk between Angels (Žebrák, Town Square) made in 1727 for Wenceslas Square, Prague. His first certain works date from 1728–30, when he decorated Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer’s church of St Hedwig at Wahlstatt, Silesia (now Legnickie Pole, Poland), supplying stone statues for the façade and wooden statues for the interior. In this commission he employed two kinds of figure types, often used thereafter in his work: one type is ponderous, with softly modelled draperies reminiscent of Classical Roman sculpture; the other has a small head and draperies arranged in numerous sharp folds. Hiernle used the first type in his carved wood decoration of the north altar in the Barnabite convent on the Hradčany, Prague. The features of the second figural type became even more pronounced in the signed stone groups made in ...

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Subjects: Sculpture and Carving ; 18th-Century Art ; Renaissance Art

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