An Austrian bust of a monk, possibly St. Francis, attributed to Johann Meinrad Guggenbichler, 17th/18th century
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DescriptionPainted in colour, the bust of a monk with tonsure and cowl, with remnants of gilding here and there, mounted on a rectangular, marbled pedestal. Cracked and knocked in places, restored at the back, some worm damage and several perforations for various mountings, a hole drilled at the crown, possibly to attach a nimbus. Height 49 cm. Although, needless to say, this bust does not feature the usual stigmata, which are regarded as his attribute, it may be assumed that a bust of this high calibre is a portrait of St. Francis.
The baroque sculptor Johann Meinrad Guggenbichler (* 17 April 1649 in Einsiedeln, Switzerland; † 10 May 1723 in Mondsee, Upper Austria) completed his apprenticeship in the Bavarian town of Dillingen and subsequently worked in the region of Salzburg and Upper Austria.
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