Like Sankt Lorenz, Sankt Sebaldus is also worth another visit and another.
All photos here are mine and are freely available, especially to educators.
Despite his obscurity, for three centuries the rulers of the city spent lavishly to promote his veneration. Among the last and most lavish of those expenditures at the beginning of the 16th century was for a bronze shrine containing the 14th century silver and gold coffin of the saint, and the masterpiece of the Nuremberg sculptor Peter Vischer the Elder.
Peter Vischer's shrine for Saint Sebaldus is a very late Gothic structure covered with Classical motifs and figures. It is a hybrid combination of elaborate Gothic verticality with Classical quotations.
While Italian artists drank in Classicism with their mother's milk, for German artists in the Renaissance, the Classical style was very alien and only dimly understood. Even the great Dürer struggled with that foreign visual language, and while his understanding of Classicism was certainly far beyond the quotations in Peter Vischer's work, it was still imperfect and uncomfortable, especially with the idealized nude figure.