Christian Ackermann was Estonia’s most scandalous and talented sculptor of the baroque era. He was a master artist who merits attention not only in Estonia, but also in the entire Baltic region: he has tied and continues to tie Estonian (art) culture to Western Europe through his life and oeuvre. Ackermann, who even during his own lifetime was referred to as “Tallinn’s Phidias”, in reference to the ancient Greek sculptor, broke out of the rigid guild system that had endured for centuries. All of northern Estonia’s most remarkable altar retables, pulpits, memorial coats of arms, crucifixes and other ecclesiastical furnishing elements were made in his workshop in ca 1680–1710.
The Ackremann project (2016–2020) brought together researchers of different disciplines from art history and archival studies to analytical chemistry and digital imaging.
As a result important new data was gained about the life and oeuvre of Christian Ackermann which was presented in an exhibition in Niguliste Museum and is covered in the current monograph. The book is in Estonian with a longer English summary.
Authors: Tiina-Mall Kreem, Triin Kröönström, Isabel Aaso-Zahradnikova, Hilkka Hiiop and Anneli Randla
Publisher: Eesti Kunstiakadeemia, Tallinna Linnaarhiiv, 2020
512 pages, richly illustrated
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