Tuesday, June 26, 2012

ABC Wednesday
June 27th, 2012

The letter this week is the elusive X

So I have chosen Jan Baptist Xavery to represent the letter X.

He was a sculptor, born in Antwerp on the 30th of March, 1697, the son of  sculptor, Albertus Xavery, who quite probably taught him before Jan Baptist went on to more advanced training.

In 1725 he became a member of the Confrerie Pictura and in the same year he married Maria Christina Robart.  They had two sons, who both became painters.

Jan Baptist Xavery became Court Sculptor to Prince William IV of Orange Nassau,

He died in 1742 at the age of forty-five.

Here are two of his works.   The first is entitled 'Apollo and the Cumaean Sibyl'

and the second is a Relief in the St. Bavochurch in Haarlem

It is always a scramble to find another X word, but if you go here
to ABC Wednesday you will find a great variety.


Carver said...

Great choice for X day and good examples of his work. Carver, ABC-Wed. Team

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

X-tremely well done! I cheated a bit...(X-plain).

Reader Wil said...

Wonderful post! I didn't know of Albert Xavery, even though he was court sculptor to William IV of Orange, an ancestor of our Queen Beatrix.There is another link to my country and that is his work in the St Bavochurch in Haarlem. The next time when I am in Haarlem I shall go an see it. Thank you for drawing my attention to this sculptor who worked in my country.
Wil, ABC Team.

Leslie: said...

eXtremely eXtraordinary sculptures! ThanX for sharing and have a great week,

abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

I've vaguely heard of him; nice stuff.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Paula Scott said...

Yes-I didn't know about this sculptor wither (I know there are many artists that I don't know about).

Ms. Burrito said...

Beautiful statue.

X is for Xenophobia

chubskulit said...


Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

ChrisJ said...

I didn't know about this sculptor, which is not surprising because I am only just beginning to appreciate sculpture. At the same time, I'm trying to learn more about artists. I guess I have discovered an interest in the arts very late in life.

VioletSky said...

Nice sculptures. I wonder if his wife also was an artist?

The Weaver of Grass said...

One of the best things about blogging Hildred, is that you learn something new every day.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

And a great job you did of "scrambling for that elusive letter. I always learn so much from your posts.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Good morning Hildred. The following appeared in our newspaper this morning and I thought Charles, having been at RAF Coningsby many years ago would be interested:

As the Olympic Torch made its way through Lincolnshire yesterday, a group of air crew and technicians from 41 squadron, Coningsby, ran behind it to raise money for a local charity. The run was also in memory of their Squadron Commander during the Battle of Britain - Group Captain Don Finlay, who as well as clocking up quite a tally of aircraft shot down, was also in the 1936 British Olympic team and in the 1932 Olympics in Berlin he won bronze in the hurdles.

Ann said...

Never thought of last names--great post for X. I'm going to look for more scupltures from Xavery.