Medieval Period

Between the end of antiquity and the beginning of modern times lies the time period of the Middle Ages, which is known, among other things, for the Christianization of Europe. This is impressively reflected in the numerous medieval sculptures that you can acquire as elaborately designed replicas at ars mundi.


Medieval Sculptures

Medieval Sculptures - Priceless Sacred Art Objects

The Middle Ages was a time characterized by feudalism, a hierarchical society, and a Christian-influenced worldview. Numerous artworks from this epoch bear witness to this, many of which hold unparalleled significance from an art historical perspective. The works, which to a significant extent can be classified as sacred art, and predominantly depict Christian motifs such as the Last Supper, the Nativity of Christ, or the Crucifixion, which can be discovered in medieval painting.

Religiosity and iconography also play a deeply rooted role in medieval sculptures. One impressive example is the medieval sculptures created by Tilman Riemenschneider, one of the most significant artists of his time, renowned as a woodcarver and sculptor for works like the "Wartburg Angel" or the "Evangelist John".

Medieval Sculptures - Profane Art Treasures with Great Symbolism

Among the most famous medieval sculptures, one can find not only sacred motifs but also a variety of secular designs. One example is the sculpture "The Imperial Falcon", which seems to embody a particularly dramatic period of the Roman-German Empire. The original is believed to date back to around 1320 and is forever associated with Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. Other rulers are also represented in the wide range of surviving medieval sculptures. The equestrian statuette "Charlemagne" is part of the treasury of the Cathedral of Metz and can be admired in the Louvre in Paris. Dating back to the 9th century, this medieval sculpture is considered one of the most precious treasures of world art, depicting the emperor in an impressive pose on a proud horse. It includes the insignia of power - the imperial orb, sword, and fleur-de-lis crown.

Buying Medieval Sculptures - Extraordinary Replicas at ars mundi

Whether it's impressive Christian iconography or significant representations of secular rulers - at ars mundi you can discover high-quality and meticulously reproduced medieval sculptures that closely resemble the originals. Many of the museum replicas are cast, patinated, and or polished by hand. This also applies to the chess pieces "King + Queen" originating from a collection discovered on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. The originals are carved from walrus ivory and date back to the second half of the 12th century. Our polymer ars mundi museum replica of these medieval sculptures faithfully replicates the unique style of the original, even including an antique bone effect.