While German sculpture of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance periods may not measure up to work by contemporary Italians like Donatello and Michelangelo, the achievement of artists like the formidable Tilman Riemenschneider and Viet Stoss should not be disregarded. In this valuable scholarly catalog, written by V&A sculpture curator Jopek, all of the Victoria & Albert Museum's extensive yet disparate holdings of this period are meticulously scrutinized and illustrated. Each entry essay is notable for its carefully wrought description of each object, including physical condition, and for an overview of earlier scholarly discussions. Analogous works are also cited, but the asserted stylistic connections are not adequately articulated. Lacking in general is any serious stylistic scrutiny or expressive characterization of the works. In addition, the preface is a rather arid statement of the collection's genesis. Though the inclusion of the collection's more dubious works enhances the catalog's documentary value, showing some pieces not previously published, this volume will be required only by advanced art history collections and by museums collecting in the field. Robert Cahn, Fashion Inst. of Technology, New York Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.