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Martin Schongauer (c. 1448 - c. 1488)

Related: 1400s - 1400s

Related: German art - Northern Renaissance - fantastic art - Middle Ages

The Oxen and baby Jesus (detail) (1400s) - Martin Schongauer
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The First Foolish Virgin (before 1483) - Martin Schongauer


Martin Schongauer (c. 1448 - c. 1488), the most able engraver and painter of the early German school. Schongauer was known in Italy by the names "Bel Martino" and "Martino d'Anversa".

His father was a goldsmith named Casper, a native of Augsburg, who had settled at Colmar, where the chief part of Martin's life was spent. Schongauer established at Colmar a very important school of engraving, out of which grew the "little masters" of the succeeding generation, and a large group of Nuremberg artists.

As a painter, Schongauer was a pupil of the Flemish Roger van der Weyden the Elder, and his rare existing pictures closely resemble, both in splendour of color and exquisite minuteness of execution, the best works of contemporary art in Flanders. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin Schongauer [Sept 2005]

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