Melchior Barthel

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“Melancholy” at Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

Melchior Barthel (born 10 December 1625 in Dresden; died there 12 November 1672) was a German sculptor.


He studied with his father and with Johann Boehme, of Schneeberg (1640–45), and settled at Dresden, where he was appointed sculptor to the court.


His principal works are the colossal tomb of the Doge Giovanni Pesaro (Santa Maria dei Frari, Venice); the statue of John the Baptist (Oratory of Santa Maria, Nazareth); and a tomb in San Giovanni e Paolo, Venice. His numerous ivory carvings in the Green Vault at Dresden are considered superior to his more elaborate works.