Sebald Beham


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(b Nuremberg, 1500; d Frankfurt, 22 Nov. 1550) and

(b Nuremberg, 1502; d Italy 1540).

German printmakers, brothers. They were expelled from Nuremberg in 1525 for their extreme Protestant views. Although they were allowed to return later that year, Barthel soon left to work for Duke William IV of Bavaria in Munich and Sebald settled in Frankfurt in about 1531. Both brothers produced a great number of prints (engravings, etchings, and woodcuts), including illustrations to the Bible, mythology, and history, strongly influenced by Dürer. They also painted, and several impressive portraits by Barthel survive.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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