Master of the Balaam

(fl. c. 1440—1450)

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(fl c. 1440–50). German or Burgundian French engraver. He is named after the engraving Balaam on his Ass and the Angel (Dresden, Kupferstichkab.; Lewis, no. 1). Also attributed to him are some ten prints, each of which survives in a single example. The attribution is not certain in all cases: for example the main engraving, St Elegius in his Workshop (Amsterdam, Rijksmus.; l 16), has also been attributed to the master of the Weibermacht and the master of the Gardens of love. Most of the small, often circular engravings recall niello work and may have been preparatory sketches for goldsmiths. The Master probably worked in either the Upper Rhine region or Burgundy.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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