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German family of artists. The Augsburg painter (1) Thoman Burgkmair was the father of one of the city's most important artists, (2) Hans Burgkmair I. Hans married Anna Allerlay, a furrier's daughter, in 1497; their son Hans Burgkmair II (c. 1500–62) took over the family workshop in 1531, but his only known works are a few designs for woodcut book illustrations (Hollstein, nos 1–4) and some miniature paintings, mostly after his father's works (e.g. a series of tournament participants, Munich, Staatl. Graph. Samml.)(1) Thoman Burgkmair [Master of the Augsburg Legend of St Benedict] (b Augsburg, 1444–6; d Augsburg, 1525). Painter. Around 1460 he was apprenticed to Johannes Bämler, scribe, miniature painter and later an important book printer in Augsburg. Marriage c. 1469 with the daughter of a sculptor allowed Burgkmair to become a member of the Augsburg painters’, glaziers’ and sculptors’ guild, in which he played a leading role. When the guild acquired its own house in 1472, he began to write the first Augsburg Malerbuch (Augsburg, Stadarchv), a record of events in the life of the guild.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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