Gerhard Hubert (ca. 1545/55 - 1620)
Equestrian Statuette of Archduke Maximilian III of Austria, Grand and German Master (1588-1618)
Hubert Gerhard, Equestrian Statuette of Archduke Maximilian III, Innsbruck, between 1599 and 1602
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ca. 1545/55 - 1620
Nothing is known about the origins and education of this Netherlandish sculptor. Records show that Gerhard was in Florence in 1581, having probably worked there for some time already. He was later employed by the Fuggers, who granted him a number of commissions in Augsburg. It was there that he produced the famous Augustus Fountain, the first example of the Florentine fountain type in sixteenth-century Germany. In 1584 he went to Munich, where he worked for Duke Wilhelm V. There he produced, among other works, the group of Saint Michael on the façade of Saint Michael’s Church, as well as the holy water angel and roughly fifty terracotta figures for its interior. After the duke’s abdication in 1598, Gerhard was employed by Archduke Maximilian III, whom he followed to Innsbruck in 1605. He returned to Munich in 1613.
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