Polychrome sculpture in Sweden

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Journal Article


Tångeberg, Peter;


Studies in conservation, Volume 15, Number 4, p.316-326 (1970)


Europe, polychrome, polychromed sculpture, Scandinavia, sculpture, Sweden


A survey is given of polychromed sculpture in Sweden. Historical aspects of the care of sculptures are discussed. Many retables have been imported from Lübeck and Antwerp. Polychromed sculptures are often well preserved because there was hardly any iconoclasm in Sweden. Many need treatment however due to various forms of neglect. A special case–the triptych of Kärrbo (c. 1500)–is described in detail from a technical point of view. A.A.