The sculpture of the first half of the 15th century still remains almost entirely Gothic. Most of the statues created at this time on portals of churches, stone, terracotta or wooden images of the Madonna or “Lamentation of Christ”, as well as tombstones are no different from the Gothic sculpture of the previous century and repeats the same traditional schemes.
Only a few works belonging to this time, there are some new trends. On the Middle Rhine, the statues of the Madonnas, carved from limestone and brightly painted, appear, which, with their gentle, joyful appearance and spectacularly flowing broad robes, resemble more secular beauties of the time than pious religious images, such as the Madonna of the Chapel of Mary in Würzburg, the painted “Annunciation” in the church of St. Cuniubert in Cologne. In some Sredne-Renaissance sculptures, from the beginning of the century, the features of simple-hearted and naive truthfulness of the senses have slipped – for example, in the complex multi-figure terracotta group “Lamentation” from Dernbach, in prophets from the tomb of Archbishop Friedrich von Saarverden in the Cologne Cathedral.