(b ?Munich, 1564; d Weilheim, c. 1635). German sculptor. He was one of the leading sculptors active in Weilheim. During the late 16th and early 17th centuries this small Bavarian town produced a disproportionate number of major sculptors, including Adam Krumper (1543–1625) and hans Krumper, Bartholomäus Steinle (c. 1580–1628/9), Hans Spindler (c. 1597–c. 1660), Christoph Angermair, Philipp Dirr (fl 1617–25), Melchior Pendl (fl 1617–31) and Georg Petel. Degler probably trained with Adam Krumper between c. 1576 and 1582, and he worked with him in the Hofkapelle of the Munich Residenz in 1590 and on other projects for Duke William V in 1593 and 1595. He settled in Weilheim, where in 1590 he acquired citizenship and married Krumper's daughter Helene. From 1607 to 1628 Degler served on councils in Weilheim. His final years were beset with financial problems, and he sold his house in 1626 to settle debts. Although he had a difficult personality, Degler enjoyed great success as a teacher. Besides his sons David (1600/05–82) and Andreas, he had at least eight pupils, including Spindler, Angermair and Hans Jakob Zürn (fl 1617–c. 1635).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.