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Erasmus Grasser
German sculptor

Erasmus Grasser

Erasmus Grasser
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Intro German sculptor
Was Artist Sculptor Architect
From Germany
Field Arts Engineering
Gender male
Birth 1450, Schmidmühlen, Germany
Death 1518, Munich, Germany (aged 68 years)
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Moriskentänzer, one of 16 (now 10) Moresca Dancers by Erasmus Grasser, Munich Stadtmuseum, 1480.

Erasmus Grasser (c. 1450 – c. 1515) was a leading master builder and sculptor in Munich in the early 16th century.


He developed in an animated and realistic style, furthering on the works of Nikolaus Gerhaert.

Grasser worked mainly in wood, and is best known for the 16 figures of Moriskentänzer (Moresca dancers, 1480, 10 remaining, the fate of 6 unknown) lining the walls of the great dance and assembly hall of Old Townhall, the oak choir stalls at the Frauenkirche cathedral (1502) and the madonna of the high altar in St Mary (Ramersdorf), all three located in Munich. He also created the high altar at Reichersdorf (1502–1506).


Grasser is credited with creating the 'Burial of the Virgin' though it may have been a follower of his. This piece depicts Mary, the Mother of God, in a coffin being carried to her final resting place. This story is not mentioned in the Bible. In an apocryphal collection of stories called Transitus Mariae attributed to Bishop St. Melito of Sardis, Mary died in the presence of the Apostles and one version of what happened to her body is that the Apostles then buried her.

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