German wood carver and sculptor, Veil Stoss is considered, along with Tilman Riemenschneider, to be one of the greatest experts of wood-carving during the intermediate period in Germany between the International Gothic andRenaissance art eras. Also a productive engraver and painter, he endowed his characters with animated expressions and gestures, which when compounded with the life-like folds of their garments, gave his figures a dramatic appearance.