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Tilman Riemenschneider, (born c. 1460, Heilgenstadt or Osterode, Domain of the Teutonic Order [Germany]—died July 7, 1531, Würzburg), master sculptor whose wood portrait carvings and statues made him one of the major artists of the late Gothic period in Germany; he was known as the leader of the Lower Franconia school.

Riemenschneider was the son of the mint master of Würzburg, and the younger Riemenschneider opened a highly successful workshop there in 1483. As a civic leader he was councillor (1504–20) and burgomaster (1520–25). During the Peasants’ Revolt (1525), he sympathized with the revolutionaries and was imprisoned for a short time, during which he temporarily lost his civic responsibilities and patrons.

His first documented work was the altar for the Münnerstadt parish church (1490–92), which was later dismantled. He had a continuous flow of commissions; his major work, the Altar of the Virgin (c. 1505–10) in Herrgotts Church at Creglingen, is a wood altar, 32 feet (10 metres) high, depicting the life of Mary. Riemenschneider employed numerous assistants on the massive monument, but he executed the dominant life-size figures himself. Other major works are Adam and Eve, stone figures from the Würzburg Lady Chapel; the Altar of the Holy Blood (1501–05), in St. Jakob, Rothenburg; and the Tomb of Henry II and Kunigunde (1499–1513), in Bamberg Cathedral.

Although wood was his major medium, he also created pieces in marble, limestone, and alabaster. The sharply folded, flowing drapery on Riemenschneider’s figures make his work easily identifiable. His later years in Kitzingen were spent restoring altarpieces and carving.

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Self-portrait





Tilman Riemenschneider. Saint Barbara.
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum






Tilman Riemenschneider. Holy Blood.
Altar in Rothenburg ob der Tauber




Tilman Riemenschneider. Last Supper detail from Holy Blood Altar in Rothenburg ob der Tauber




Tilman Riemenschneider.
Mary Altar, Herrgottskirche, Creglingen, Germany, ca. 1495-1499.







Tilman Riemenschneider.
Mary Altar, Herrgottskirche, Creglingen, Germany, ca. 1495-1499. Carved lindenwood,








Tilman Riemenschneider.
Mary Altar, Herrgottskirche, Creglingen, Germany, ca. 1495-1499. Carved lindenwood,








Tilman Riemenschneider. A Female Saint
about 1515-1520







Tilman Riemenschneider. Lamentation, c. 1510.
Limewood. Parish of Saints Peter and Paul, Grossostheim







Tilman Riemenschneider. Madonna and Child, carved linden wood.







Tilman Riemenschneider. The Annunciation







Tilman Riemenschneider. Mary Magdalen with two Angels
1490-92
Unpainted wood, height: 187 cm
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich







Tilman Riemenschneider. Noli me tangere
1490-92
Limewood
Parish Church, Mьnnerstadt







Tilman Riemenschneider. Adam and Eve
1491-93
Sandstone
Mainfränkisches Museum, Wьrzburg







Tilman Riemenschneider.  Eve
1491-93
Sandstone
Mainfränkisches Museum, Wьrzburg






Tilman Riemenschneider. St John
1505-10
Unpainted wood, height: 56 cm
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich






Tilman Riemenschneider. Tomb of Rudolf von Scherenbergs (detail)
c. 1495
Stone
Dom, Wьrzburg







Tilman Riemenschneider. Salome
1500-10
Limewood, half life-size
Victoria and Albert Museum, London



Tilman Riemenschneider. Lamentation of Christ, Altar, Maidbronn, Germany

 
 
 
 

St. Lawrence (c. 1502-1510)
 
 
 
 
 

St. Jerome with the Lion (1490-1495)
 
 
 

 
 
 
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