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Julien Chapuis with contributions by Michael Baxandall, Till-Holger Borchert, Timothy B. Husband, Stephan Kemperdick, Hartmut Krohm, Michele Marincola, and William D. Wixom
The sculpture of Tilman Riemenschneider stands solidly anchored in the late Gothic tradition, while it also reflects emerging humanist concerns. Riemenschneider, who was active in Würzburg from around 1483 until 1531, was one of the first sculptors to abandon polychromy on occasion, making a conscious aesthetic decision to leave visible his favored material, limewood. The approximately 50 works documented in this volume offer a fresh look at this great master. The book presents a broad survey of the artist’s career, including representative work from all periods. Contributors explore the sources of his art, his social milieu and the organization of his workshop, the critical reception of his work, and his polychrome and monochrome sculpture. This is the first publication in English with color reproductions of a significant portion of Riemenschneider’s oeuvre.