Artibus et Historiae no. 24 (XII)

1991, ISSN 0391-9064

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ALFRED SCHÄDLER - The Crucifixes of Tilman Riemenschneider

Examined here are some of the superb crucifixes carved by the great late Gothic sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider, including examples which have been lost as well as those that have come down to us. Among the former are his most important crucifixes: the large one finished in 1505 which Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony, had ordered for Wittenberg; and the crucifix of 1497 that was in the chancel vault of Würzburg cathedral until it was destroyed in 1945. At times dissenting from the standard literature, the article traces the chronological development of Riemenschneider's crucifixes in terms of their artistic originality.

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