Saint James the Greater

South German

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.

Saint James the Greater, Pine with paint and gilding, South German

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