Wit Stwosz altar (minisheet)

Fischer 1041 | Michel Sheet 23 | Scott 931 | Year of issue 1960 | People's Republic of Poland

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

Miniature sheet Fischer 1041
The ascension of Saint Mary
(section of the central altar triptych)


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. This minature sheet displays the Apostles gathered around Mary at the moment of her dormition (see also Fischer 261). Above this, you can see the Assumption of Our Lady, already being received by her Divine Son.


Ołtarz w kościele Mariackim w Krakowie - Rzeźba Wita Stwosza = The alter in Saint Mary's Church in KraKów - A sculpture of Veit Stoss.

Relevant pages

Fischer 1035-1040


Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz)
Veit Stoss altar
Saint Mary's Church in Kraków

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Fischer 1041 FDC