sculptor, stone mason

born Nürnberg, um 1455

buried Nürnberg, 21. Jan 1509

As a sculptor and stonemason of the German late Gothic period, Adam Kraft was one of the most important representatives of this epoch. His work is to be seen as one of its high points.

A wide variety of tasks characterised his career: on the one hand, there were full sculptural and figurative representations in high relief, on the other hand, he was entrusted with the design and realisation of micro-architectures that attained the highest virtuosity. In addition, he produced complex tracery balustrades in the arcaded courtyards of patrician houses. As an architectural task, in the last year of his life he redesigned the gable of the St Michael's choir at the Frauenkirche in what was then a highly modern formal language.

The majority of Kraft's works are religious in content (and typologically different, such as stelae, epitaphs, full-round groups of figures like the Crucified - today in the St. Spirit Hospital).

However, he also carried out profane commissions such as reliefs on public buildings: Toll Hall, Imperial Stables, City Scales, and courtyards of town houses.

His working material was natural stone. He used wire for the difficult connection of workpieces such as the horn-shaped pinnacles of the sacrament house in St. Lorenz.

Dr. Pablo de la Riestra


Another possible work by Adam Kraft could be the crucifixion group donated by Peter Hurrer in 1490.

crucifixion group donated by Peter Hurrer in 1490.

Style: Late Gothic

Period: 15th c., 16th c.