Ancient Sculpture Gallery

Evangelist John Sculpture by Tilman Riemenschneider

Made of polymer

Dimensions: 28" (71 cm)

Weight: 68 lbs (31 kg)

Item No. A0003

State Museums Berlin

Period: Renaissance

This Item is an Identical Museum Reproduction

Evangelist John Sculpture by Tilman Riemenschneider
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Original: State Museums Berlin - Prussian Cultural Heritage, sculpture gallery, wood. From the predella of the altar Münnerstadt (1490-1492). Tilman Riemenschneider (c. 1460 - 7 July 1531) was a German sculptor and woodcarver active in Würzburg from 1483. He was one of the most prolific and versatile sculptors of the transition period between late Gothic and Renaissance, a master in stone and limewood. The sculptures and woodcarvings of Tilman Riemenschneider are in the late Gothic style, although his later work show mannerism characteristics. His work is characterized by the expressiveness of their faces (often shown with an inward look, as in the self-portrait) and by their detailed and richly folded clothing. The emphasis on expression of inner emotions sets Riemenschneider's work apart from that of his immediate predecessors. Souren Melikian places his best work, such as the Virgin listening to the Annunciation, in the same league as the oil paintings of Albrecht Dürer. Kenneth Clark views the Riemenscheider figures as showing the serious personal piety in Germany in the late fifteenth century and as harbingers of the coming Reformation. Among his successors and/or pupils were Peter Breuer and Philipp Koch.


Polymer is a heavy and very strong type of resin material that captures perfectly the details of the casting. The advantages of polymer when compared to concrete, cast stone, and cement are that it is far less fragile and much more resistant.


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