Wood art tradition

Woodcarving has a long tradition in South Tyrol. Already the first people who settled in this region used wood to built objects of utility. Like in any other culture they also started to create art pieces using wood, a natural, regenerative and rich resource from the alpine region.


With the time passing woodcarvers improved their skills and there where opened art schools specialized in wood arts. A high artistic value was formed. The Christian church and religion had a great influence on the people and is therefore deep- rooted in the Tyrolean traditions. There can be found a lot of testimonies of this influence, like the roman crucifixion group in the collegiate church of the Holy Candidus and Korbinian in Innichen- San Candido from (the year) around 1200. A major woodcarving school was founded around the well-known sculptor and painter Michael Pacher from Bruneck- Brunico in the 15th century. Michael Pacher still counts as one of the primary representatives of the art of woodcarving in the 15th century. The great tradition of woodcarving never lost its fascination and is therefore still practiced, especially in Gröden- Val Gardena. But also in Pustertal- Pusteria Valley the antic custom still lives in the work of many talented wood artisans, like the Bachmann family.


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