Adam und Eva, Tilman Riemenschneider, 1491/93

Tilman Riemenschneider

Tilman Riemenschneider is the most important carver and sculptor from the German Late Gothic era. He operated a large workshop in Würzburg between 1485 and 1531. He supplied his work to Franconia, far beyond the city’s boundaries. Riemenschneider’s most famous pieces include the carved winged altars in Münnerstadt, Rothenburg und Creglingen. He created stone figures for the Marienkapelle (Chapel of Mary) in Würzburg, the Bamberger Kaisergrab (Emperor’s Tomb) and the funeral monuments of the Prince-Bishops Rudolf von Scherenberg and Lorenz von Bibra in Würzburg’s Cathedral. With about 80 sculptures, reliefs and other pieces, the Museum für Franken has the largest Riemenschneider collection in the world. Pieces from all the master’s fields of activity can be viewed next to one another: architectural stone sculpture, wooden altar figures, small sculptures and secular pieces. Pieces from all creative phases are on display. They allow visitors to follow Riemenschneider’s artistic development from the early days to his later years. At the same time, they provide a unique overview of personal creations, pieces from his workshop and his numerous associates. The collection of the Museum für Franken arose from the inventory of the Historischer Verein von Unterfranken und Aschaffenburg (Historical Association of Lower Franconia and Aschaffenburg), the city of Würzburg and the Fränkischer Kunst- und Altertumsverein (Franconian Art and Antiquity Association). They are complemented by loans and fortunate acquisitions, such as the alabaster group of The Madonna and the Child in the lap of St. Anne, which was acquired in 2006. The collection provides an extensive impression of the versatile work of Tilman Riemenschneider.


Adam Detail

Adam and Eve

From the Marktportal (Market Portal) of the Würzburg’s Marienkapelle...

Heilige Sebastian Detail

Saint Sebastian

Around 1510

Maria mit Kind Detail

Mary with Child

Around 1500

Trauernde Maria aus Acholshausen Detail

Mary in Mourning from Acholshausen

Around 1505


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