The Sour-faced Cardinal

Saint Ulrich, ca. 1520
Wood with polychromy and gilding (Germany)

This sculpture could have been designed for a niche in a church, or an altarpiece with other standing saints. Its remarkably fine condition reveals how the sculptor and painter collaborated to create an impressive image full of personality.

And thoroughly pissed off, I might add…

Seattle Art Museum

June 15th, 2018