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German family of artists. They were among the leading artists in Augsburg during the first third of the 16th century.

(1) Bartholomäus [Bartholeme] Dauher [Dorer; Tawer; Thorer] (b ?Vienna; fl 1476–95; d ?Augsburg). Painter. He may have worked in Augsburg and was active in Ulm during the 1490s. A number of paintings have been attributed to him for this period. Of these the firmest attribution is to a portrait of Ursula Greck (1491/2; Ulm, Ulm. Mus.), shown in three-quarter profile facing her husband, which formed the left panel of a diptych painted in oil on pinewood; the right panel of Bartholomäus Greck is untraced. Documentary evidence (Ulm, Stadtarchv) states that Dauher witnessed a dispute that occurred in the Greck household in 1492. The portrait shows him to have been a confident artist, worthy to be employed by the city's patrician families. He may have been the father of (2) Adolf Daucher.(2) Adolf Daucher, the elder (b ?Vienna, c. 1460; d Augsburg, after Oct 1523, before Oct 1524). Sculptor, possibly the son of (1) Bartholomäus Dauher. Adolf probably worked in Ulm with the sculptor Michel Erhart, whose daughter Afra he married sometime prior to 1485. Their eight children included the sculptor Adolf Daucher the younger (b Ulm, c. 1485; d 1557), who carved the choir-stalls (1550) and pulpit (1551) in the minster Schwäbisch-Gmünd, (3) Hans Daucher and three other sons who were artists. In 1490 Adolf and his family moved to Augsburg, where he served initially as the manager of the property owned by the Cistercian monastery at Kaisheim. On 30 July 1491 he obtained Augsburg citizenship.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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