European Artists in Wood Beginning in the 15th Century
From The Blood Altar - St. Jacob's Church
Tilmann Riemenschneider, Germany's greatest woodcarver, was born in the Harz Mountains and eventually moved to Wurzburg in 1483. Therefore, most of his greatest works were created in the Tauber Valley, although because of his popularity, his works have been distributed throughout Europe.
His most distinctive works demonstrate elements of all the major movements of his time, including Gothic, French and Italian styles, and finally a Renaissance of his own in wood.
Riemenschneider's most famous single work by far is titled the Blood Altar and is on display at St. Jacob's church in Rothenburg (seen at left).
Other famous German wood sculptors of this period were Multscher, Bruggemann, and Borman.