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Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages

Chapuis, Julien

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ISBN 10: 089468244X / ISBN 13: 9780894682445
Published by National Gallery of Art, Washington 1999-01-01, US, 1999
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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352 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Light shelf-wear to wrappers with slight crease to spine, else a clean, tight copy. Record # 462720. Bookseller Inventory # 462720

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Title: Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of ...

Publisher: National Gallery of Art, Washington 1999-01-01, US

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

Edition: 1st Edition

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"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 Wurzburg 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. His sculpture strikes a rare balance between formal elegance and expressive strength, and it is among the most appealing work of the late Middle Ages."--BOOK JACKET. "The approximately fifty works documented in this handsome volume offer a fresh look at this great master. The book presents a broad survey of Riemenschneider's oeuvre, including representative work from all periods of his career. Contributors explore the sources for his art, his social milieu and the organization of his workshop, the critical reception of his work, his polychrome and monochrome sculpture."--BOOK JACKET.

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A remarkable German sculptor, Riemenschneider produced delicate religious pieces in stone and wood from the late 15th to early 16th centuries. Time took its toll on his work, and the sculptures were broken up, destroyed, or forgotten. As part of an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 45 of Riemenschneider's sculptures have been brought back together. This book serves not only as a catalog but also as a detailed introduction to this fine artisan and his work. Chapuis, an assistant curator in the Department of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with contributing scholars and specialists, has fleshed out the artist's life, his period, and his contributions. Most interesting is the discussion of Riemenschneider's development of monochromy: rather than undertake a heavy use of paint on his pieces, he preferred to let the wood show through, contrary to the convention of the time. The full-page color pictures show every detail of the carvings. Recommended for academic libraries and specialized collections.
-Karen Ellis, Baldwin Boettcher Lib., Humble, TX
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