September 4, 2020 at 7:27 pm #849
Sigfried von Schawlbach (died 1497)
Burg Schawlbach in the Rhineland PalatinateSeptember 4, 2020 at 7:30 pm #850
English (?) 14th Century
Unknown 14th Century
Unknown 14th Century
From the silver altar of St. Jacopo, Pistoian Italian, early 15th Century
German, 15th Century. I think these are wood carvings. Helpful due to the color and texture, not sure what the mantle is on the lancer on the right (maybe fur?) but he has a very nice late Gothic harness, with fluting ala Maximillian style. So I’d say late 15th Century or possibly early 16th. The other guy is probably a bishop. The humorous aspects are very typical of these kinds of late medieval German woodcarvings though I don’t know who the artist is, almost certainly somebody famous in his day though he could be someone unknown to us, i.e. “anonymous”. The slightly insolent, distracted posture of the lancer is how common soldiers, and in particular burgher militia are often portrayed in German art of this time. He is also pointing his middle finger at the jowly cleric which is probably not an accident… the cleric himself has his middle finger pointed down toward hell.September 4, 2020 at 7:32 pm #851
Konrad von Landau, died 1363. Though by his name German, this effigy is in Pisa in Tuscany . He was apparently a condottieri, a military contractor. The bar in his hand symbolizes his role as the leader. He was killed in battle by the infamous White Company led by the German hauptmann Albert Sterz and the English condottiero Sir John Hawkwood at the Battle of Canturino.
In a rather subtle way this effigy really conveys the aggressive demeanor of this guy to me. He looks ready to go.
Apparently there is a model or action figure based on this dude
This kid was carved by Tilman Riemenschneider, a famous German woodcarver (and possibly the artist who made the two above). His beautifully depicted longsword is broken off at the tip. He has a nice partly fluted late Gothic harness, a great head of hair and a rather expressive face.
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