Documentation of wooden figures in St Mary’s Cathedral, Tallinn

Since mid-November is Andres Uueni involved with a new project: Christian Ackermann – Tallinn’s Pheidias, Arrogant and Talented in St Mary’s Cathedral, Tallinn.

Project leaders: Estonian Academy of Arts and Estonian Art Museum

The objective of the project is to rescue Christian Ackermann – the most scandalous and talented carver of Estonia’s Baroque era – from oblivion. Ackermann, who was dubbed Tallinn’s Pheidias (a sculptor in Ancient Greece, ca. 480 to 430 BC), broke free of the strict centuries-old guild system, and between 1680 and 1710 almost all of the most noteworthy elements of church interiors in Estonia were produced in his workshop.

In the course of the project, contemporary methodology and technology, as well as criticism of sources, will be employed to re-evaluate the altar walls, pulpits, baptistery and other artistically valuable objects attributed to Ackermann. The top specialists will participate in the examination of the materials used for Ackermann’s carvings and cabinetmaking, along with the techniques, typology and polychromy.

The project will start with an examination and documentation of the sculptor’s masterpiece – the altar wall of the Tallinn Cathedral (1694–1696), which was produced in Ackermann’s workshop.

The research project will result in an exhibition at the Art Museum of Estonia’s Niguliste Museum in 2020.

During the documentation works Andres also testing different photogrammetry and 3D modeling methods.

Already 3D modeled wooden figures from Ch. Ackermann’s altarpiece:

Ackermann, Toomkirik by andres on Sketchfab