The World's Largest Public Domain Media Search Engine
Peter Opel - Cabinet with Scenes from the Life of David - Walters 655 (2)

Peter Opel - Cabinet with Scenes from the Life of David - Walters 655 (2)

 
 
description

Summary

This cabinet with its 17 compartments (some hidden) is a marvel of woodcarving and a celebration of intricacy. Architectural elements and ornamental detailing frame narrative compositions, organized into a lattice of ordered compartments. Forty-eight scenes relate the Old Testament story of David, "prophet and king," as a model of virtue. The vigor of these compositions points to their derivation from woodcut designs by a master such as Joost Amman (1539-1591), but the source is unidentified. The significance of each scene is distilled by a Latin motto, for example the death of David (inside of the right-hand door), by PIETATIS DEFUNCTIO (a pious death).
The artist Peter Opel of Regensburg proudly inscribed his name on the door to the central compartment and, on the back, carved his self-portrait, dressed as a gentleman but holding a chisel. The chest was designed to hold small treasures and antiquities.

date_range

Date

1591
create

Source

Walters Art Museum
copyright

Copyright info

http://purl.org/thewalters/rights/standard