Conrad Meit

Conrad Meit or (usual in German) Conrat Meit (1480s in Worms; 1550/1551 in Antwerp) was a German-born Late Gothic and Renaissance sculptor, who spent most of his career in the Low Countries.[1]

The Madonna and Child made for the tomb of Philibert of Chalon at Lons-le-Saunier, now Brussels Cathedral
Judith with the Head of Holophernes, c.1525 (alabaster); unusually, this is signed on the base.

The royal tombs that were his largest works still had elaborate Late Gothic architectural frameworks by others, but Meit's figures were Renaissance in conception and style. Meit's work, with its delicately worked plasticity and pronounced corporality, brought an entirely new form of expression to Late Gothic church sculpture. The anatomy of his nude figures draws more from Albrecht Dürer than from classical sculpture.[2]

Later many of his works in Brussels, Antwerp, Tongerlo Abbey, and elsewhere were destroyed in the Reformation and French Revolution, leaving the three royal monuments at the then newly built Royal Monastery of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, as his outstanding surviving large works.[3] A number of small works, including portrait busts in wood, and small statuettes in various materials have survived.[4] The documented tombs and the signed alabaster statuette of Judith (illustrated below) are the main secure works for defining his style.[5]

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