Altarpiece with Relics - Putto, middle right

c. 1735–40
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Götz covers every surface in gold leaf, giving each part of the object equal importance, rather than simply framing a central picture. In this distinctively Central European approach, figural narrative is subordinate to the overall ensemble. Götz designed this object to rest on top of an altar, probably in front of a larger painted or sculpted decorative scheme. The work contains relics seen through the small windows on the perimeter. These small remains of holy figures demonstrate the persistence of a medieval Catholic tradition well into the 1700s.
Altarpiece with Relics - Putto, middle right

Altarpiece with Relics - Putto, middle right

c. 1735–40

Joseph Matthias Götz, Workshop

(German, 1696–1760)
Germany, Bavaria, 18th century

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