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Saint James the Greater

Made in Germany
South German
Pine with paint and gilding
Overall: 35 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (90.2 x 36.2 x 24.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Drake, 1885
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Saint James the Greater, the patron saint of pilgrims, is identified by his cockleshell hat and walking staff. Despite its small scale, this carved statuette conveys a sense of monumentality through its strong facial modeling and bulky, deeply cut drapery patterns. Both suggest the influence of the South German sculptor Veit Stoss (d. 1533), who worked in Cracow and Nuremberg.
Charles Drake, Washington, D.C. (until 1885)
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.

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