Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Altar of Holy Blood

Tilman Riemenschneider (ca. 1460–1531)
Heilig-Blut-Altar (Holy Blood Altar), (1501-1505)
St. Jakobus Church
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Franconia, Bavaria

The altar was commissioned so as to hold a relic of the Precious Blood.

The altar shows the Last Supper, the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem and the scene at the Mount of Olives.