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Tilmann Riemenschneider

Tilmann Riemenschneider: His Life and Work

Justus Bier
Copyright Date: 1982
Pages: 272
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    Tilmann Riemenschneider
    Book Description:

    In the hauntingly beautiful sculptures of Tilmann Riemenschneider, the Late Gothic art of Germany achieved its highest expression. Now, for the first time in English, the eminent art historian Justus Bier accords Riemenschneider the extended attention he so richly deserves.

    Riemenschneider (ca.1460--1531) holds a pivotal place in the development of German art. Rejecting the anonymous soulfulness of earlier Gothic sculpture, he created a style reflecting the deeply spiritual character of his time, yet one that also anticipated the humanism of the Italian Renaissance so soon to revolutionize European art.

    Bier crowns a lifelong study with this reconsideration of Reimenschneider's life and work, with emphasis on works in North American museums. More than 140 photographs illustrate 46 of the artist's major sculptures.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6211-9
    Subjects: Art & Art History, History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. Preface
    (pp. xi-xiv)
    (pp. 1-31)

    In the last decades of the fifteenth century and the early years of the sixteenth, which may be considered the period of transition from the Late Gothic to the Renaissance in northern European countries, Germany produced a remarkable number of gifted artists. This was not, perhaps, entirely a matter of chance, but resulted in part from the particular conditions prevailing at that time. Conflicting forces shaped the art of those years. A reaction against the refinements of the mannered style of the 1470s, with all its intricacy and elaborate configuration, led in two different directions. On the one hand there...

  5. Plates
    (pp. None)

    • Works in Public Collections in the United States and Canada
      (pp. 35-80)

      PLATE 1. The Virgin with the Christ Child. About 1490-1492. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. Lindenwood. Height 471/4 in. (120 cm).

      The slender group of the Virgin and Child in the Boston Museum is an example of Riemenschneider’s earliest representations of this theme. Though it is probable in this instance that an assistant helped in the actual carving of the figures, the composition is clearly Riemenschneider’s own and the work was undoubtedly created under his supervision. The theme of the Virgin with the Christ Child occupied Riemenschneider through most of his working life, evolving gradually over the four decades...

    • Selected Works in Germany
      (pp. 81-112)

      Plate 17. Tomb-Monument of Eberhard von Grumbach.

      About 1488.

      Parish Church, Rimpar. Gray sandstone. Height 215 cm; width 86 em (843/4 in.; 34 in.)

      The tomb-monument of the knight Eberhard von Grumbach, who died on October 7, 1487, is the earliest work by Riemenschneider that can be connected with a definite date. The monument is still in the Grumbach chapel in the choir of the parish church in Rim par. When the church was rebuilt in the middle of the nineteenth century, the choir and lower section of the tower were the only part of the early Gothic edifice left...

  7. Monographs on Tilmann Riemenschneider
    (pp. 113-113)
  8. List of Riemenschneider’s Works, with Selected References
    (pp. 114-126)
  9. Sources of the Photographs
    (pp. 127-128)