Stories in Ivory and Wood told by Master Carvers
In the mid 1600s a carver known only as the Master of the Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian created dramatic, emotionally-charged works of art in ivory and boxwood. This intimate exhibition will feature two of his most extraordinary sculptures, The Fall of Man and Agony in the Garden, both triumphs of visual storytelling. Comparing these two biblical stories, the media the artist used, and additional works in ivory and wood by his contemporaries illuminates the artistic world in which this mysterious artist practiced. As only about 20 of his carvings are known today, this exhibition is a rare opportunity to study his distinctive hand in two different materials.