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Tilman Riemenschneider
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Craftsman
    (circa 1460-July 7, 1531)
    Born in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany
    Late Gothic sculptor who primarily worked with limewood, marble, limestone, and alabaster
    One of the first sculptors who left many of his sculptures monochrome
    Joined St. Luke's Guild of painters, sculptors, and glass workers as a painter's assistant (December 7, 1483)
    Gained Würzburg citizenship (1485)
    Major works include the Mary Magdalene altarpiece of the Münnerstadt church (1490-1492), the Adam and Eve stone figures of the Marienkapelle at Würzburg (1491-1493), the Altar of the Virgin in Herrgotts Church at Creglingen (1495-1499), the tomb of Emperor Henry II and Kunigunde in Bamberg Cathedral (1499-1513), Mary Salome and Zebedee (1501-1505), the Holy Blood Altar of St. James's Church at Rothenburg ob der Tauber (1501-1505), the tomb of Prince-Bishop Rudolf von Scherenberg (c. 1505-1510), St. Anne and her three husbands (1505-1510), and the tomb of Prince-Bishop Lorenz von Bibra (1520-1522)
    Member of the Würzburg Unterrat (town council) (November 1504-1525)
    Member of the Würzburg Oberrat (upper council) four times (1509-1522)
    Mayor of Würzburg (1520-1521)
    Died in Würzburg
    His exact birth date is unknown; some estimates ranged between 1459 and 1462.
    Many of his sculptures depicting people feature them with tilted heads.
    There was a false rumor that his hands were broken when he was tortured.
    Some of his works were destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II.
    He depicted his subjects realistically rather than idealistically.
    His works are renowned for the rich detail and texture he gave to his works, particularly the folds of clothing.
    Despite this, he remained focused on the emotional expressiveness of his subjects, making sure that the details didn't distract viewers from the messages they tried to show.
    When he was five, his family had to leave their hometown because of his father's involvement in a violent political crisis called the Mainzer Stiftsfehde.
    During the German Peasants' War, he refused to fight the revolting peasants, which got the entire town council, including him, tortured in Marienberg Fortess when Würzburg surrendered. (June 4, 1525)

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