The Master of the Furies

4 April to 9 July 2006

The exhibition “The Master of the Furies” in the Liebieghaus presented the first monographic show dedicated to one of the most original and eccentric artists around 1600. The anonymous artist’s name “Master of the Furies” derives from one of his main works, a crying Fury with distorted face and wildly flapping drapery, which is to be found in the Kunstkammer (Collection of Sculpture and Decorative Arts) of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

At the highest technical and artistic level as well as most resourceful in his approach to the exquisite and costly ivory material, the Master of the Furies created sensational small sculptures which became part of outstanding collections of the era.

The exhibition in the Liebieghaus and the publication accompanying it were results of a comprehensive scholarly endeavor exploring this impressive artist’s oeuvre. With 17 of 25 pieces, the presentation assembled a large part of the works attributed to the master and his workshop for the first time.

Curator Bettina Schmitt
Sponsored by the City of Frankfurt am Main, Förderstiftung Liebieghaus, Hessische Kulturstiftung, Georg und Franziska Speyer’sche Hochschulstiftung, 1822-Stiftung, and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Frankfurt