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Monday, February 05, 2007

Sacrament House, St. Lorenz, Nuremberg







Adam Kraft (b. 1455/60, Nürnberg, d. 1508/09, Nürnberg) sculpted this Sacrament House (1493-96) in St. Lorenz Cathedral, Nuremberg. It is a gigantic sandstone imitation (c.18 m high) of a subtle piece of goldsmith's work. The richly decorated structure houses a multitude of human figures, animals, amphibia, etc. One of the supporting figures at the base is supposed to be a self portrait of Kraft (above).