Melchior Feselen

(c. 1495—1538)

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(b ?Nördlingen, c. 1495; d Ingolstadt, 10 April 1538). German painter. A family named Feselen is documented in Nördlingen at the beginning of the 16th century. The account-books of Unsere-Liebe-Frau-Kirche in Ingolstadt, the only source for Feselen's life, mention him as living in the town as an independent painter in 1521. In 1522 he was paid for an altarpiece and a panel painting, and he is again entered in 1528 and 1533. He would have received his basic training in Nördlingen, thus being influenced by Hans Schäufelein. Before settling in Ingolstadt, he clearly went to Passau: the first work that can be confirmed as his, a winged altar (1520) at Schloss Haidenburg near Passau, reveals Schäufelein's teaching in the figure types of the standing saints on the reverse and the taut disposition of their robes. The scenes on the front, however, St Elizabeth Distributing Alms and St Roch Being Cured by an Angel, show the influence of Wolf Huber—then working on the St Anne altar (1515–21) for Feldkirch—in the imaginative buildings and in landscapes, the form and expressiveness of which link Feselen with the Danube school.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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