(b. ca. 1400, Reichenhofen/Allgau, d. 1467, Ulm)

Man of Sorrows

Sandstone, height 168 cm
Württembergische Landesbildstelle, Stuttgart

Since Hans Multscher headed a huge workshop that involved both painters and sculptors, it is often assumed that he himself practiced both arts. He very likely took his apprenticeship in sculpture in the spheres of Burgundian and Netherlandish workshops before settling in 1427 in Ulm where he was active until his death in 1467. His early work, carved in stone in 1429, the Man of Sorrows, is a striking example of the new vigour and realism that Multscher introduced to Swabia. This statue is from the west portal of Ulm Cathedral.

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