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Karel Aubroeck

Maria Mediatrix in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Maria Mediatrix in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

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This large stone sculpture by Karel Aubroeck, standing outside of the AZ Nikolaas, depicts the Mary Mediatrix. The title of this sculpture refers to the former name of the Catholic Mary Mediatrix Hospital, which is now part of AZ Nikolaas. It was created by artist Karel Aubroeck in 1932, as a front-line soldier he met the horrors of the Great War (1914-1918). As an artist, Aubroeck was a sensitive sculpture, but also a passionate idealised and with this combination has created a distinctive expressionist style. In Catholic faith, the title Mediaxtrix refers to the intercessory role of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a mediator in the salvific redeption by Jesus, and that he bestows graces through her. Mediatrix is an ancient title that has been used by a number of saints since at least the 5th century. It is the encompassing belief that all graces and blessings come through her from her son. With this in mind in regards to Aubroeck's sculpture, the artist shows the two in a stylized manner. Rather than a human version, the sculpture depicts a robust woman who, despite the beaten down eyes, her presence is aware in the world. The folds of her dress and dignified posture grant it the status of a classical goddess. The child is not softened in her arms but is triumphant, muscular and powerful on her shoulder. Aubroeck is one of the most important Flemish sculptors of the 20th century. Training at the Academy of Temse and afterwards training as a woodcarver in Mechelen

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After the material has hardened, we remove the mold and clean and finish the reproduction by hand. This process ensures that each sculpture is a high-quality copy of the original sculpture.

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Sculptures up to 18 inches in size take 2 to 3 weeks to produce. We do not have mass production, as each sculpture is handmade by our craftsmen, making each sculpture unique. Sculptures larger than 18 inches require different lead times, depending on the size and complexity of the sculpture and its coating. Our managers will let you know the lead time for custom orders.

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