Piety of the Polychromer


The Sacred Made Real Exhibition, The National Gallery London, 2009

So what’s Polychrome?

Craftsmanship, realism, hybridity, transcription and people loving what you’ve made – eh yes please. That said  the realistic quality of the polychrome sculpture and their visual presence in the 17th Century raised concerns within certain religious establishments. These concerns were observed through the sculptures relationship to the real and the possibility that the faithful might worship the sculpture itself, not what it represented. The power of making hey!

See the making by the John Paul Getty Museum here. It’s pretty cool.