For Sean Scully (*1945), painting not only expresses what one sees, but also specifically what one feels.

Artefact and marvel of nature

The Leuchterweibchen chandelier in the Ludwig collection
The focal point of the catalogue is the Ludwig collection’s or , a chandelier incorporating a woman’s semi-naked torso: originating in the 14th century, these light fittings, which featured a wooden figure and antlers, remained very popular right up to the Baroque period. Important wood carvers like Tilman Riemenschneider, Veit Stoß and Jörg Lederer created the sculptures for these hunting trophies; well-known artists like Master Bertram and Hieronymus Bosch produced the multi-coloured paintings. In addition to discussing form and iconography, technology, the conditions leading to the creation of such works and the contexts of space and function, a list of all currently known antler light fittings provides a comprehensive overview of this fascinating art form.

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"Artefact and marvel of nature"

January 2011

ISBN 978-3-86678-512-0

22,50 x 28,50 cm

224 Pages

142 colored and 213 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, with dust-jacket

Languages: German

Dagmar Preising, Michael Rief, Christine Vogt
Text by
Jasmin Blankenburg, Dagmar Preising, Walter Queins, Michael Rief, Nessaja Scheinhardt, Christine Vogt, Klaus Wehling
Design by
Uwe Eichholz
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Artefakt und Naturwunder –Das Leuchterweibchen der Sammlung Ludwig",  6 February to 17 April 2011, Ludwig Galerie  Schloss Oberhausen.