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(1) Georg Beck (b ?Giengen; d Augsburg, c. 1512). Illuminator and painter. In 1490 he became a citizen of Augsburg, where he seems to have worked from the outset for the monastery of SS Ulrich and Afra. His only authenticated works are contributions to two illuminated Psalters (both 1495) for the monastery (Augsburg, Staats- & Stadtbib., Cod. 49a; and Munich, Bayer. Staatsbib., Cod. lat. 4301). The illustrations in both are identical; in one case the scribe was Leonhard Wagner, in the second the scribe was Wagner's pupil Balthasar Kramer. Both were friars in the monastery and were released from choral service for a year in order to complete their work, as is reported by their fellow monk Guilelmus Wittwer in his Catalogus abbatum nostri monasterii (1498; Augsburg, Staats- & Stadtbib.). This source names Beck and his son (2) Leonhard Beck as the two professional miniaturists responsible for illuminating the initial letters after the Psalters had been handed over to Abbot Johann von Giltlingen.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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