Tilman Riemenschneider, c.1460-1531

Edited by Julien Chapuis; Contributors: Till-Holger Borchert, Thomas A. Brady Jr., Bodo Buczynski, Julien Chapuis, Christian-Herbert Fischer, Rudolf Göbel, Timothy B. Husband, Iris Kalden-Rosenfeld, Fritz Koreny, Hartmut Krohm, Claudia Lichte, et al.

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April 10, 2004
264 pages, 9 x 11
206 b/w + 26 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300101348
Cloth

Published by the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts / Distributed by Yale University Press

One of the greatest sculptors of the later Middle Ages, Tilman Riemenschneider (c. 1460–1531) struck a rare balance between formal elegance and expressive strength. His sculpture is noted for such innovative qualities as the acknowledgment of the viewer’s mobility, an exquisite finish, and the occasional abandonment of polychromy (painted and gilded decoration). While anchored in the late Gothic tradition, Riemenschneider’s work also reflects the emerging humanist concerns of the period. In this generously illustrated book, historians, art historians, and conservators from the United States, Germany, and Austria discuss Riemenschneider’s art from various perspectives, addressing such issues as attribution, pictorial rhetoric, surface treatment, and critical reception.

As the companion volume to the catalogue of the exhibition on the sculptor held in Washington and New York in 1999 and 2000, this book sheds light not only on a master sculptor whose work is admired today as among the most appealing of his era, but also on the art and culture of the late Middle Ages and Central Europe.

Julien Chapuis is associate curator in the department of medieval art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was primary author and editor of the catalogue Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages, which is also available from Yale University Press.

Edited by Julien Chapuis; Contributors: Till-Holger Borchert, Thomas A. Brady Jr., Bodo Buczynski, Julien Chapuis, Christian-Herbert Fischer, Rudolf Göbel, Timothy B. Husband, Iris Kalden-Rosenfeld, Fritz Koreny, Hartmut Krohm, Claudia Lichte, Michele Marincola, Keith Moxey, Eike Oellermann, Corine Schleif, Jeffrey Chipps Smith, and Alex Tretau

"Impressive. . . . We recommend [this book's] acquisition by university libraries, art historians, and late-medievalists in general."—Fifteenth-Century Studies

 

"There is something here for every scholarly reader who has an interest in Riemenschneider and his work. Chapius has provided a useful reference for art historians and historians of late medieval culture in general."—Marian J. Hollinger, Sixteenth Century Journal
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