Les Artistes

"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in the Holy Roman Empire (Germany) in 1611, he died in 1667.

David Heschler was born into a family of wood and ivory carvers. He started his career by sculpting large-scale altarpieces under the guidance of his father, Sigmund Heschler (1548-ca.1658). Heschler became part of a group of ivory carvers that were active in and around the South German city of Ulm. He was renowned for his smaller pieces and dramatic compositions; recurring themes were both religious (the Descent of the Cross, David against Goliath) and classical (inspired by Greek mythology). Heschler used Baroque paintings by masters like Rubens, Michelangelo and Caravaggio as inspiration for his work; some scenes even seem to have been directly copied from their paintings.