Leonard Kern (1588-1662)

Austrian Ivory Carver

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Venus The head, fore arm and part of the veil missing Circa 1635 - 45

 



Venus (back view)

 

Leonard Kern was an important 17th century ivory turner. Kern studied and worked in Naples and Rome, Italy before establishing his career in Germany. Kern spent many years working in Heidelberg, Nuremberg and Schwabisch Hall. By the end of his life he had become one of Germany's greatest carvers.

 



Woman- Cannibal


Kern was recognized for his small statues of known and mythological figures. These statuettes were finely carved in a post-Mannerist, Baroque style. Kern's work has also been described as Rubensian and reflective of the changing trends in Franconian culture. Kern's work was classical and naturalistic, in comparison to the refined, Mannerist style.



King David

 

King David is an example of Kern's dedication to classicism. The figure shows an advanced understanding of human anatomy and attention to even the most delicate details.

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Adam and Eve. After 1648. Collection of Sculptures. Bode-Museum Berlin.

The three graces. C. 1650. Collection: Kunstkammer Würth. Collection Würth.

 

The three graces. C. 1650. Collection: Kunstkammer Würth. Collection Würth.

Adam and Eve. After 1648. Collection of Sculptures. Bode-Museum Berlin.

 

Mounting horse. C. 1640/1645. Collection: Kunstsammlung Würth. Collection Würth.

Mounting horse. C. 1640/1645. Collection: Kunstsammlung Würth. Collection Würth.

 




 

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