Sections of the great altar in Saint Mary's Church in Kraków, sculptured by Veit Stoss (Polish name: Wit Stwosz).
Veit Stoss (1438-1533, Polish name: Wit Stwosz) was a German sculptor, born in Nürnberg.
An altar triptych is a painting or, in this case, a sculpture, made in three parts, so that the side ones can be folded inwards over the middle one.
An altarpiece is a painting or a sculpture placed behind the altar table.
Kraków is the ancient capital of Poland, residence for centuries of kings, situated north of the Tatra Mountains on the Vistula river.
The altar is about 42 feet high and 36 feet wide. Veit Stoss started his work in 1477 and he finished it only 12 years later in 1489. The figures, which are larger than lifesize, are carved from linden wood.
Oltarz Wita Stwosza w Krakowie = Altar of Veit Stoß in Cracow.
Miniature sheet Fischer 1041
Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz)
Veit Stoss altar
Saint Mary's Church in Kraków
Biblical Magi (the Three Wise Men or the Kings from the East)
Fischer 1035, 1036 FDC