Basel, around 1480
Basswood, carved, colored
142 cm (H)
Historisches Museum Basel, Switzerland, Inv. No. 1910.117.
The statue of the young deacon Laurentius is until now the only which has been recognized by research as a carving from a late-gothic workshop in Basel. From this we can gauge the extent of the loss of the once-rich church décor in Basel following the Reformation. The Laurentius of Basel is, with its scratch and punch marks in the face, a document in itself of the iconoclasm of 1529. The Andreas chapel, which was broken down in 1792, was probably the statue’s original location. The figure is the chief work of and eponymous for the master of Basel and his workshop circle, to which six further saint statues can be assigned.