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May 2007

Georg Petel

Though born and raised in the small Bavarian town of Weilheim, sculptor Georg Petel quickly became a familiar face in the artists’ circles of Antwerp, Genoa, Paris, and Rome. He was close friends with Peter Paul Rubens, and other European masters of the early-17th century. Most often commissioned to complete church altars, Petel was known for his deft use of valuable materials like ivory or bronze. Though he died at the age of 32, he left behind a solid collection of works that act as a collage of the international influences to which he was subject. The Haus der Kunst will show a selection of Petel’s sculptures from May 9 to August 19 in “Georg Petel: Sculptor in the Thirty-Years’ War.”

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