Neidensteiner Madonna

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The Neidensteiner Madonna is a carved Madonna from the 14th century in the holdings of the Baden State Museum . It takes its name from Neidenstein , from where it came to the museum in Karlsruhe.


The Neidenstein Madonna is a so-called Enthroned Madonna , so she is depicted seated and crowned and holds the baby Jesus in her arms. The figure is carved from a piece of poplar wood, 106 cm high and hollowed out from the back. The figure was once painted in color, but only small remains of paint have survived.

Art historical classification

The art historian Felicitas Schulz regards the design of the figure as influenced by Peter Parler . The origin of the figure is located in southern Germany around 1380/90.


The figure was originally located in the cemetery chapel in Neidenstein, built in 1474. When this was demolished around 1878 due to dilapidation, the figure was moved to the attic of the Protestant church . There it was forgotten for the time being. Around 1910 the church servant Philipp Wieland found the figure again. It was initially used as a toy for his granddaughter before Pastor Cordier noticed the figure and in 1915 arranged for it to be transferred to the Karlsruhe State Museum.


  • Felicitas Schulz: A parlerische Madonna from Neidenstein . In: Eva Zimmermann (Ed.): The medieval sculptural works of the Badisches Landesmuseum , 1985, p. 126, No. 80.
  • Hedwig Erl: How did the “Neidensteiner Madonna” get into the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe? , in: Kraichgau. Contributions to landscape and local research , volume 11, 1989, p. 212/213.