Workshop of Veit Stoss (German, Hob am Neckar ca. 1445–1533 Nuremberg)
Made in Nuremberg, Germany
Limewood with paint and gilding
Overall: 48 x 40 x 3 in. (121.9 x 101.6 x 7.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1912
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Saint John the Baptist baptizes Christ in the presence of an angel. The shallow relief was once part of an interior wing to a lost altarpiece. The composition follows a popular engraving by Martin Schongauer of about 1480. The Nuremberg sculptor Veit Stoss employed numerous assistants for his altarpiece in the Church of the Virgin in Cracow, Poland, and it was probably one of these assistants who carved this relief.
[ Lippmann, England (sold 1912)]
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