Wit Stwosz altar

Fischer 1035-1040 | Michel 1179-1184 | Scott 925-930 | Year of issue 1960 | People's Republic of Poland

Sections of the great altar in Saint Mary's Church in Kraków, sculptured by Veit Stoss (Polish name: Wit Stwosz).

1035
1036
Preaching
Birth of Christ

1037
1038
The three kings
Resurrection

1039
1040
Ascension of Jesus
Ascension of Saint Mary

Glossary

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.

Translations

Oltarz Wita Stwosza w Krakowie = Altar of Veit Stoß in Cracow.

Relevant pages

Miniature sheet Fischer 1041

Resources

Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz)
Veit Stoss altar
Altar
Triptych
Saint Mary's Church in Kraków
Kraków
Christianity
Sermon (Preaching)
Christ
Biblical Magi (the Three Wise Men or the Kings from the East)
Resurrection
Ascension

First Day Cover


Fischer 1035, 1036 FDC