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German family of masons and architects. They worked in the late 14th century and the 15th as master masons mainly at buildings in Germany and Switzerland. Ulrich von Ensingen (b Swabia, 1360s; d Strasbourg, 1419) was Master of the Works at Ulm Minster (from 1392), Strasbourg Cathedral (from 1399), and the Frauenkirche in Esslingen (from c.1399). He had three sons, Kaspar (fl 1427–30), (1) Matthäus Ensinger and Matthias (d 1438), all of whom became masons. One of his two daughters married Hans Kun, who succeeded his father-in-law as master at Ulm in 1417. Matthäus Ensinger was married twice, and of his four sons, (2) Vincenz Ensinger and (3) Moritz Ensinger became architects. They were born in Berne and were trained by their father. Matthäus and Moritz were masters of the works at Ulm Minster, and Vincenz became master at Konstanz Minster. Ulrich von Ensingen's mason's mark resembles a small ‘h’, tilted; Moritz added two x's to the lower end of the vertical stroke, and Vincenz added a cross stroke to it.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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