Local Heart, Global Soul

April 3, 2019

Eggers Blows My Mind…

Today I am continuing from my yesterday’s post, and looking at the marble bust by Bartholomeus Eggers. The more I look at this bust the more I think it deserves some extra attention because the detail is so exceptional.  I’ve tried to make a few notes to explain my reasons for these photographic choices…

Bartholomeus Eggers (c1637-1692) (Copy After) Bust of Johan Maurits, Count of Nassau-Siegen (1604-1679) Sculpted 1664.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): Take a moment to consider that the materials used to make these beautiful patterns consist of mainly just hammers against chisels…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below):  Getting those line straight and crisp… surely the sculptor would be holding his breath with every chisel blow, etching out the design from the block of marble.

(Below):

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): the deep holes in the hair could be prone to chipping in the thinnest areas…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): A masterpiece of design and execution…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): This gradating central pattern running down a sort of ridge, down the centre of the breastplate just blows my mind and is one of my favourite parts of the bust, even though it is so simple in design.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): Layers of depth and design…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): the ruffle on the left hand sleeve… I’m letting out a deep sigh of satisfaction and admiration… this is stunning…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): I’m not too sure what this vine (or is at a snake?) is at the top of this left hand sleeve…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): That chiseled out medal, or order of… thingy… contrasted with the flowing design of the stylized acanthus leaf design…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): necktie clasp details and the deep groove detail under the collar…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): Face detail…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): These ruffles at the end of the sleeves…. right hand sleeve this time…drool… AND detail underneath the freestanding arm…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(below) There is even a tiny elephant detail on top of the belt on the side…  I wish I’d taken more photographs of it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below):  the hand coming out of the sleeve has “skin” that looks smooth and soft…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Below): Finger detail…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

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