Stoss, Veit (fĪt shtôs) [key], c.1445–1533, German sculptor. He worked in Kraków (1477–86, 1488–96) and Nuremberg, his birthplace. The great carved wooden high altar in St. Mary's, Kraków, is a significant early work. His stone tomb of King Casimir IV is also in Kraków. The Annunciation carved in wood (1517–19), his most famous work, is in the Church of St. Lawrence, Nuremberg. His art is characterized by an expressive realism, angular poses and drapery, precise technique, and tightly packed composition, typical of late German Gothic work. His later style shows greater breadth in the treatment of drapery and poses.
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