The Easel

Is this the greatest sculpted version of the Easter story? It’s certainly the strangest

Rothenburg was the location of an ancient miracle and during the Renaissance a large altarpiece was built in its church of St James as a reliquary. German sculpture of this distinction was often richly coloured, but perhaps in deference to its religious narrative, this utterly spectacular wooden sculpture was left plain. This does little to disguise its artistic merit leading the writer to advocate a pilgrimage – for aesthetic if not religious purposes.