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  • Place of origin:

    Würzburg (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1505 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Riemenschneider, Tilman (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved limewood, with traces of polychromy

  • Museum number:

    A.17:1, 2-1912

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64, The Wolfson Gallery, case 7 []

This figure of a kneeling angel is one of a pair. They were designed to flank the tabernacles that held the Holy Sacrament in a Christian church.

This pair are similar to other pairs of kneeling angels by the German sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider (died 1531). The pairs in Rotheburg and Würzburg are larger and more elaborate. The V&A pair are more like a pair in Eisenach. This suggests that two standardised types were produced.

Place of Origin

Würzburg (made)


ca. 1505 (made)


Riemenschneider, Tilman (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved limewood, with traces of polychromy


Height: 63 cm, Width: 36.1 cm, Depth: 20 cm, Weight: 6.16 kg

Descriptive line

An Angel holding a Candlestick, carved limewood with traces of polychromy, by Tilman Riemenschneider, Würzburg (Germany), ca. 1505

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Weber 1888, pp. 54-5. Oechelhäuser 1898, pp. 179. Tönnies 1900, pp. 272-73. Weber 1911, p. 232. Review 1912, p. 4, pl. 2. Schrade 1927, II, p. 32. Bier 1930, p. 38, note 1. Freeden 1952, p. 38 fig. 92. Baxandall 1974, p. 46, no. 9. Freeden 1976, pl. 37. Bier 1982, p.123. Kalden 1990, p.111, note 411. Penny 1993, p.130, fig. 120. Exh. Baltimore/London 1997/2000, p.193, no. 65.
Jopek, Nobert. German Sculpture 1430-1540: a Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publications, 2002. cat. no. 18. pp. 56-58.
Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Lichte, Claudia (ed.), Tilman Riemenschneider, Regensburg : Schnell + Steiner, 2004

Production Note

Probably from the parish church in Külsheim in Baden.




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