Gerhard Lutz, Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art
Come to the CMA for a quick bite of art history. Every first Tuesday of each month, join curators, conservators, scholars, and other museum staff for 30-minute talks on objects currently on display in the museum galleries.
Tilman Riemenschneider (c. 1460–1531), one of the most prominent German sculptors of the 15th and 16th centuries, repeatedly worked with alabaster early in his career. In the upcoming CMA exhibition on the artist, one of Riemenschneider’s major works from the CMA’s collection is brought into dialogue with selected masterpieces from the Louvre in Paris and from North American collections to highlight the special importance of alabaster as a material in 15th-century Europe. The lecture expands on the theme of the exhibition, exploring the distinctive features and circumstances that led European patrons and artists of that time to produce sculptures made from this unique stone.