The famed sculptor was born in Horb am Neckar and died in Nuremberg on 20 September 1533. Between 1477 and 1489, he created the Mary Altarpiece for St Mary’s in Kraków. Measuring 13.95 x 10.68 metres, this is probably the period’s largest winged retable. In 1496, Stoss moved back to Nuremberg. Stoss carved both small-scale and large statues throughout the 1510s and 1520s for local patrons and churches. His greatest feat was the Angelic Salutation (1517–18), an over-life-size Annunciation suspended from the choir vault in St Lorenz church.