A Poignant Saint John the Baptist Attributed to Claus de Werve

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This realistic bust of the hermit saint is credited to Claus de Werve, nephew and follower of the sculptor Claus Sluter. Attributed to Claus de Werve (c. 1380-1439), limestone bust of Saint John the Baptist carved in the round, c. 1415-1420, 42 x 39 cm/16.53 x 15.35 in.Estimate: €15,000/20,000 With his gaunt, craggy face, head tilting slightly to the right and his gaze lost in distant contemplation, the saint seems to be overcome by deep melancholy. Is he aware of the fate that awaits him? In any case, it took a highly talented sculptor to portray his inner life in

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