Tormented Figure.
 Master of the Furies

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Title:Tormented Figure
Notes:This figure is one of a group of works by an extremely talented but as yet unidentified sculptor called the "Master of the Furies" after his statuette of a Fury in Vienna. No "subject" is depicted but torment, expressed by the man's wild facial expression, elongated and outstretched arms, and writhing curls of hair, all characteristic of the master's later works, while the theatricality and exaggerated naturalism are more general qualities of German baroque works of art. The sculptor plays with the viewer's knowledge of ivory's inherently cylindrical shape and limited width by attaching auxiliary pieces of ivory to extend the figure's outstretched arms. -- Walters Art Museum
Date:between 1640 and 1650
Artist:Master of the Furies
Building:Walters Art Museum
Country:United States

Scripture:Luke 8:26-39
Luke 16:19-31
Lectionary links:CProp07
General Subject:Torment

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Attribution:Master of the Furies. Tormented Figure, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 14, 2020]. Original source:
Record Number:55481 Last Updated: 2013-01-30 13:43:06 Record Created: 2013-01-30 13:42:38
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition