Two Thieves and a Skeleton
The very elements of Gabriel Joly’s late style are evident in these two dramatic figures of Thieves, which were carved in box wood and conceived in perfect connection between the bodies and the crosses. The artist was familiar with the models of the Italian High Renaissance. He certainly had seen the figures on the vault of the Sixtine Chapel as suggested by the strong plasticity of figures, dynamism of postures and expression of suffering on the two Thieves faces.
This altogether passionate and naturalistic interpretation of Michelangelo and of the ancient world testify for Joly ‘s and his Spanish colleagues’s capacity to assimilate and elaborate anew his models.
TWO THIEVES AND A SKELETON
Boxwood, carved fully
in the round
beardless Thief, cross 60.5 x 24.5 cm, figure 32 x 22 cm bearded Thief, cross 60.5 x 24.5 cm, figure 34.5 x 24 cm, skeleton, 14 x 30 cm
Riccardo Naldi, … son de madera incorruptible. Gabriel Joly and two Thieves carved in box wood, Munich 2014
Riccardo Naldi, „son de madera incorruptibile“, Due Ladroni in legno di bosso di Gabriel Joly, „aquila“ dimenticata del Rinascimento, in Ricerche sull’arte a Napoli in età moderna, Naples 2015, pp. 10–34