Polychromy: John the Evangelist


All of Ackermann’s sculptures were originally coloured, their faces and limbs pink, their eyes, eyebrows and hair brown or blond, and their lips red. What is extraordinary about the cathedral’s altar figures is the fact that their garments are completely gilded, which indicates the importance of the work and the size of the customer’s purse.

In the course of the restoration work, the polychromy of John the Evangelist was exposed to the extent of half of his face: a smile painted on his face and his gaze directed to the heavens with the help of paint were revealed.

4 years ago