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Synopsis: The sculpture of Tilman Riemenschneider stands at the threshold of two eras. Solidly anchored in the late Gothic tradition, it is also astonishingly daring. 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.
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 millieu and the organization of his workshop, the critical reception of his work, his polychrome and monochrome sculpture. Photographs commissioned especially for the book present the great altarpieces in Rothenburg on the Tauber, Creglingen, and Maidbronn as well as the large stone sculpture in Wurzburg. The book is the first publication in English with color reproductions of a significant portion of Riemenschneider's oeuvre.
From Library Journal:
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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Title: Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of ...
Publisher: National Gallery of Art , Washington
Publication Date: 1999
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1999. First. Quarto; VG/VG; grey spine with white and black text; dustjacket is clean with minimal edgewear; boards are strong and clean; textblock is clean; 352pp. Shelved Arts - Sculpture. [Oversized book. Additional postage necessary for expedited/international orders. Economy International shipping unavailable due to weight restrictions. For international/expedited customers, please inquire for rates]. Rockville. Bookseller Inventory # 7-13-1269546
Book Description Yale University Press, 1999. Oversized Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. With several contributing essays. Solidly anchored in the late Gothic tradition, the sculpture of Tilman Riemenschneider also reflects emerging humanist concerns. One of the first sculptors to abandon polychromy on occasion, he makes a conscious aesthetic decision to leave visible a favored material, limewood. This volume, catalogue to the exhibition (TheMetMusArt/NYC/2000) documents approximately fifty works in its broad survey; it is the first publication in English with color reproductions of a significant portion of Reimenschneider's oeuvre. Illus., color plate reproductions; b&w. 352p. Bookseller Inventory # 1245354
Book Description National Gallery Washington, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. U.S.A. DOMESTIC SHIPPING ONLY. This is a former library book with library stickers and stamps. Bookseller Inventory # mon0001502226
Book Description National Gallery of Art , Washington, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 12.28 X 8.66 X 1.34 inches; 352 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 286910
Book Description Yale University Press, 1999. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. , 2200grams, ISBN:9780300081626. Bookseller Inventory # 5861878
Book Description National Gallery of Art , Washington, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Name on first endpaper otherwise Fine in a Fine jacket. 1st Printing. 352pp 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 133656
Book Description National Gallery of Art , Washington, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: VG. Dust Jacket Condition: VG. First Edition. Cloth covered boards with slightly bumped spine ends. Dj in new mylar has mild edgewear. Binding tight, text clean. No names, stickers or stamps. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 352 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 65212
Book Description National Gallery of Art / Yale University Press, Washington, DC / New Haven, Connecticut, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: VG/VG. Black cloth boards, color pictorial DJ; 352 pp. with profuse bw and color plates. Issued in conjunction with several 1999-2000 exhibitions of artwork by German sculptor and woodcarver Tilman Riemenschneider (1460-1531). With seven thematic and illustrated essays that present a survey of his oeuvre and explores his workshop, his social milieu, reception of his work, and his sculptures. The annotated and illustrated catalogue presents 50 specific pieces. Includes bibliography. Bookseller Inventory # 131044
Book Description Yale University Press for the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999., 1999. Book Condition: Used - Very Good. 1999. Cloth, dj. Folio. 352 pp. Profusely illustrated. Mild shelf wear to dust jacket. Altogether a copy in Very Good condition. Bookseller Inventory # Q12277
Book Description Yale University Press for the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999., 1999. Book Condition: Used - Good. 1999. 1st. Hardcover. Good. No Dust Jacket. Bookseller Inventory # F0001751