Cover image for Tilman Riemenschneider, c. 1460-1531
Title:
Tilman Riemenschneider, c. 1460-1531
Author:
Motture, Peta.
Publication Information:
Washington : National Gallery of Art, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
264 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
General Note:
Proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and held 3-4 December 1999 in Washington.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780300101348
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Summary

One of the greatest sculptors of the later Middle Ages, Tilman Riemenschneider (c. 1460-1531) struck a rare balance between formal elegance and expressive strength. His sculpture is noted for such innovative qualities as the acknowledgment of the viewer's mobility, an exquisite finish, and the occasional abandonment of polychromy (painted and gilded decoration). While anchored in the late Gothic tradition, Riemenschneider's work also reflects the emerging humanist concerns of the period. In this generously illustrated book, historians, art historians, and conservators from the United States, Germany, and Austria discuss Riemenschneider's art from various perspectives, addressing such issues as attribution, pictorial rhetoric, surface treatment, and critical reception.

As the companion volume to the catalogue of the exhibition on the sculptor held in Washington and New York in 1999 and 2000, this book sheds light not only on a master sculptor whose work is admired today as among the most appealing of his era, but also on the art and culture of the late Middle Ages and Central Europe.


Author Notes

Julien Chapuis is associate curator in the department of medieval art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was primary author and editor of the catalogue Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages , which is also available from Yale University Press.


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

This volume represents the edited papers of a symposium that took place five years ago at the National Gallery of Art's showing of the exhibition "Tilman Riemenschneider, Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages." Edited by Chapuis, author of the exhibition catalog, this companion book validates the revelations that are possible when works of art are brought together in a special exhibition. Because of publishing deadlines, exhibition catalogs frequently do not capture the information evident during an exhibition when works of art speak directly to one another and lend themselves to close study. Here, German and American art historians and conservators address the historical context, study individual works, reunite long-separated parts of complex works, and assess the physical aspects of Riemenschneider's works firsthand. More for the scholarly audience than the broad target of the original exhibition catalog, this title nevertheless works with it to give a nuanced and enhanced view of this marvelous late Gothic sculptor. For advanced collections.--Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

This volume represents the edited papers of a symposium that took place five years ago at the National Gallery of Art's showing of the exhibition "Tilman Riemenschneider, Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages." Edited by Chapuis, author of the exhibition catalog, this companion book validates the revelations that are possible when works of art are brought together in a special exhibition. Because of publishing deadlines, exhibition catalogs frequently do not capture the information evident during an exhibition when works of art speak directly to one another and lend themselves to close study. Here, German and American art historians and conservators address the historical context, study individual works, reunite long-separated parts of complex works, and assess the physical aspects of Riemenschneider's works firsthand. More for the scholarly audience than the broad target of the original exhibition catalog, this title nevertheless works with it to give a nuanced and enhanced view of this marvelous late Gothic sculptor. For advanced collections. Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

This volume of essays from a 1999 conference (Studies in the History of Art: Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Symposium Papers XLII) is the companion to the National Gallery and Metropolitan Museum exhibition Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages. The 15 essays by European and American scholars provide a wide-ranging investigation of this 16th-century sculptor whose work is little known outside Germany. Beginning with the historical context of Wurzburg's prince-bishops on the eve of the Reformation, papers explore his tomb sculptures, work in alabaster, the tradition of "Beautiful Madonna" images, the introduction of Italianate forms, and the influence of prints. Five papers by conservators shed light on his use of a monochrome finish and decorative punches, the process of polychromy, and techniques of stone carving. A final section explores the reception of his work: its fragile "afterlife" later in the century as taste changed to a Renaissance idiom, its appropriation by German nationalists, and efforts to uncover self-portraits in his work. Beautifully illustrated with a generous allotment of color plates, this volume is highly readable and makes an important contribution to the rather limited literature in English on this most emotionally expressive master. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. Oliver Colgate University