Master of the Coburg Roundels

(c. 1470—1500)

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(fl Strasbourg, c. 1470–1500). German draughtsman and painter. His name derives from two sketches for roundels (c. 1485; Coburg, Veste Coburg), considered to be cornerstones of his stylistic development. He is also known as the Master of the Drapery Studies because many of his works are detailed studies of the folds of clothing (sleeves, loincloths) or of whole garments. He is attributed with about 180 sheets (notably Coburg, Veste Coburg; Berlin, Kupferstichkab.; Madrid, Bib. N.; Paris, Louvre), most of them covered on both sides, one of the largest groups of drawings attributed to an artist of the pre-Dürer era. As there are several drawings after Strasbourg stained glass paintings of c. 1460, it has been suggested (Wentzel, Rott, Andersson) that the draughtsman was a designer in a glass-painting workshop; since some show similarities to products of workshops within the sphere of Peter Hemmel von Andlau, one window design might be attributable (Anzelewsky) to this leading master of the Strasbourg glass-painting industry, by whom the Master may have been employed (Fischel).


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.