(b. 1564, München, d. 1637, Weilheim)

Altars in the Choir

Collegiate church of St. Ulrich and St. Afra, Augsburg

The light late-Gothic church interior of St. Ulrich and St. Afra is distinguished by the three multi-storey monumental carved altars by the Weilheim sculptor Hans Degler. Their structure derives from the type of the now lost tabernacle in the Dominican church of Augsburg which was built in 1518 in the Renaissance style. On a plinth running the breadth of the altar table rests a distinct tabernacle area. Above this rises a massive main storey in the style of a classical triumphal arch. It takes up the principal theme in its central arch, while saints in the pierced side arcades witness the event. Through the broken pediment of the attic storey rises another system of niches, which again supports the extension. On numerous projections, capitals, and volutes, putti and saints populate the altar structure.

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