Friday, March 11, 2011

St. Jakob's Church Woodcarvings

This post is about the woodcarvings in St. Jakob's Church in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. They are the work of Tilman Reimenschneider or his students. Most of the carvings were done in the late 1490 through the early 1500's.


This is the Twelve Apostle Altar. The figures on this alter are life size and carved out of Linden wood. The back side of the altar has paintings depicting the life of Christ and the Apostles. There is a painting of the Old Court house done in 1598 before it was burned down. It is the only know painting of Rothenburg from that time frame.



Altar of St Louis of Toulouse

The sculpture is a work by Tilman Reimenschneider.

St. Louis of Toulouse 1274-1297 was

a Franciscan monk and archbishop of Toulouse.

He died at 23 years of age. He was canonized in 1317. The carving shows him as an old man. Louis did much good in his life and it was thought that people wouldn’t believe that such a young man could not have possibly done so much good so he is portrayed as an old man. He was a crown prince but decided he wanted to be a priest instead. His father intervened on his behalf and he was made an archbishop.


This is the Holy Blood alter. It was begun in 1498 and finished in 1502. The central figure is Judas. He can be removed and then the wings of the altar can be closed. The crucifix at the top is believed to contain the blood of Christ. This is not the main alter of the church. This chapel was built to house this carving. To accomplish this the addition was built over the existing road. This is the only church in Germany with a street running though it.







This altar is called the Mary Altar and it portrays the death of Mary. I t is believed that one of Tilman's students carved this altar. The figures in this altar are not life sized. The altar ser ves as the Votive Kapella in this church.







This is called the Christmas Boat and is carved out of Ebony wood. This church is connected with Tanzania and this carving was made to show appreciation of what has been done for the people there.

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