Born to a family of sculptors who had shops in the area of southern Germany and northern Switzerland around Lake Constance, Christoph Daniel Schenck learned to sculpt from his father. He became an important sculptor of religious imagery, working primarily in wood and ivory. He is also known for his large-scale wood altar figures and altarpieces. Schenck produced his earliest works during the Counter-Reformation, a period of renewed artistic activity when churches and monasteries were being restored and redecorated. He frequently treated religious scenes of suffering and penitence in his work, often repeating themes in different media. Spiraling, activated drapery forms emphasized his combination of stark naturalism and heightened emotionalism.