|Tilman Riemenschneider self-portrait|
|Holy Blood Altarpiece, Rothenberg ob Tauber, Tilman Riemenschneider, 1495-99|
Riemenschneider was born in 1460 near Osterode, Germany. He grew up influenced by Durer and Roger van der Weyden. His earliest work is a tombstone of the Ritter von Grumbach it which the old Gothic style predominates. However work in wood, stone, and alabaster from just a few years later bears a remarkable Renaissance style--not that of Michelangelo (of whom he was probably unaware) but that of Northern Renaissance painters. Frankly, he had no peers in sculpture to emulate. His work seems to be three-dimensional renderings of what his fellow artists were doing in paint at the time, and is all the more remarkable for capturing much of what they could not--a sense of humanity imbued into his religious figures.
Standing Virgin and Child, 1460-73
Niclaus Gerhaert von Leiden
|Madonna and Child, 1495|