The Bamberg Rider: Studies of Mediaeval German Sculpture

The Bamberg Rider: Studies of Mediaeval German Sculpture

The Bamberg Rider: Studies of Mediaeval German Sculpture

The Bamberg Rider: Studies of Mediaeval German Sculpture

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The Bamberg rider belongs to a wonderful group of mediaeval sculpture preserved in the cathedral of an old German town, fortunately spared in the war. While numerous books have been published in English on French, Spanish, Italian, and English mediaeval monuments, none has appeared thus far on these masterpieces of German art of which this equestrian statue is the most famous.

The rediscovery of thirteenth-century German sculpture and architecture previously overshadowed by the great art of the French cathedrals, occurred in Germany in the period between the two world wars. The best books on this subject were written in the first half of the nineteentwenties, a time of remarkable productivity in all fields of art and literature in Germany, the period of the Bauhaus and the height of Expressionism. A similar connection between a modern art movement and a revival in a related field of the past can be noted in France at the time of Impressionism. Rodin in particular typifies this interest in his study of mediaeval French cathedral sculpture. It is understandable that in such epochs national elements often develop into nationalistic ones and may even enter into scholarly treatment of the subject. This occurred, in our instance, to French writers as well as German.

It should be remembered that the thirteenth century was the epoch when the leading European nations, France, Spain, Italy, England, and Germany, created their own national style in language, poetry and art; and no writer, of any nation, can be blamed for being proud of the first achievements of national character in literature and art, a pride which, unfortunately, often implies lack of understanding of what neighboring countries have produced at the same time. In the following we have tried, as much as possible, to avoid inclining toward one or another ex-

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