Leonhard Kern (1588 - 1662)
Man of Sorrows
Leonhard Kern, Man of Sorrows, Southern Germany or Italy, ca. 1614
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1588 - 1662
The son of a sculptor, Leonhard Kern apprenticed with his brother, Michael Kern the Younger, beginning in 1603, before spending his journeyman years in Italy (Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Padua and Mantua) from 1609 to 1614. Kern set up his own household in Forchtenberg in 1614, found employment in Heidelberg for some time, was subsequently called to Nuremberg, and moved to Schwäbisch Hall in 1620. In 1640 he was elected to the Outer Council of the town of Hall, and in 1648 he went to Kleve where he was appointed electoral court sculptor for a year. He is primarily known for his small-scale sculptural works in alabaster, soapstone, wood and ivory.
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