|Detail of the Schreyer-Landauer epitaph|
Feathers, wedges, pitches,
rough shape stone.
beauty to define;
percussion lifts the veil,
reveals his vision;
the masons’ stroke
elevates his dream
to final glory.
Victoria C. Slottos’ challenge at dVerse poets is to write an ekphrastic poem using a sculpture for inspiration. Although I paint and draw I have never sculpted, so research was needed and my hope is that sculpting tools and methods of sculpting used in my little effort were actually used during the lifetime of Adam Kraft (born c. 1455-6, Nuremberg, Bavaria [Germany] – died 1508/9), a sculptor of the Nuremberg school.
Below is a self portrait (1490s) of Adam which is sited at St. Lorenz Church,
. How gifted he was! Nuremberg
Adams self portrait courtesy of Wikipedia
Detail of the Schreyer-Landauer epitaph at St. Sebaldus Church, Nuremburg courtesy of Allie Caulfields' photostream at flickr.