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Baptism of Christ

Artist:
Workshop of Veit Stoss (German, Hob am Neckar ca. 1445–1533 Nuremberg)
Date:
ca. 1480–1490
Geography:
Made in Nuremberg, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Limewood with paint and gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 48 x 40 x 3 in. (121.9 x 101.6 x 7.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.130.1
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.
#3030. Baptism of Christ
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[ Lippmann, England (sold 1912)]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gothic and Renaissance art in Nuremberg, 1350–1550," April 8, 1986–June 22, 1986.

Nuremberg, Germany. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. "Gothic and Renaissance art in Nuremberg, 1350–1550," July 24, 1986–September 28, 1986.

Beeson, Nora B., ed. Guide to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972. no. 52, p. 222, fig. 52.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Germanisches National Museum, Nürnberg. Gothic and Renaissance Art in Nuremberg 1300-1500. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. no. 88, pp. 236-37.

Husband, Timothy B., and Charles T. Little. Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 140, pp. 152-153.

Chapuis, Julien, ed. Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1999. no. 27, pp. 268-70.

Wixom, William D. "Riemenschneider in America." In Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages, edited by Julien Chapuis. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1999. p. 150.

Wixom, William D. "Late Medieval Sculpture in the Metropolitan: 1400 to 1530." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 64, no. 4 (Spring 2007). p. 29.

Stein, Wendy A. How to Read Medieval Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. p. 66, fig. 13.



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