Anonymous German Artist
Germany (c. 1490)
Wood, 128 cm.
Darmstast, Hessisches Landesmuseum.
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
I just cannot get over the beautiful detail on this piece: the heavy corkscrew curls; the exaggerated gorget, the details on the armor, the graceful wrists and ankles. Armor this form-fitting would never have worked in real life, but it makes for an absolutely breathtaking work of art.