Hans Dürner


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(b Granheim; fl Biberach an der Riss, 1583; d Ellwangen, nr Biberach, 7 June 1613). German wood-carver. His only securely attributed work is the richly carved ceiling (c. 1590) of the chapel of Schloss Heiligenberg, ornamented with figures and heads of angels. He is also attributed with an altarpiece of a Trinity group with male saints and angels (?1613; Ellwangen, St Vitus). Its carved ornamentation is identified with that of a high altar mentioned in a document of 1613, which states that Dürner was prevented from finishing it by his death. Carvings from the region of Biberach (of which he became a citizen on 12 November 1583), in particular depictions of female saints and the Virgin, are linked with Dürner through their stylistic resemblance to the Ellwangen figures. The rather conventional idiom shown in all these works identifies him as a prime exponent of the traditional tendency of Upper Swabian wood-carving that only hesitantly assimilated contemporary Italian elements.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.