Felber, Hans


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(b ?Nördlingen, before 1400; d ?Nördlingen, before 3 June 1439). German architect. He was one of the versatile specialists of the 15th century who was sought after for his experience as architect, mason, military and hydraulics engineer or caster of cannon. He was probably the son of the Hans Velber mentioned in 1382 and as a taxpayer in Nördlingen between 1404 and 1410. In the tax register for 1415 a Master Hans Felber is mentioned, notably as being exempt from taxation. This suggests some special consideration, usually granted only to people in important positions or with unusual duties, in an attempt to secure their continued presence in the city. The absence of tax entries from 1416 to 1434 indicates that Felber was then living away from Nördlingen. His second marriage, in 1428, was to Magdalena Medinger of Nördlingen, but he did not reside there permanently, even after he started paying taxes again. Felber owned land and his father's bath house in Nördlingen. In Ulm he purchased the mill in Werd next to the premises of the Teutonic Knights and was by means of it enfeoffed to Emperor Sigismund on 11 November 1430. From 1434 Felber paid an annual tax of 8 florins and was still able in 1438 to pay a rent of 50 florins to Konrad Stenglin, the Master of the Works in Ulm.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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