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(fl second half of the 15th century). German painter. He is named after the painting of the Visitation from the abbey church of St Johann (Domberg), Freising, and now in Augsburg Cathedral. Two other paintings from the church, depicting the Massacre of the Innocents (Nuremberg, Ger. Nmus.) and the Death of the Virgin (priv. col.), belonged to the same altarpiece. In 1461 a Master Sigismund (from Freising) received payments for the side wings of the high altar of St Johann, and Ramisch considered that the three fragments belonged to this work. Stylistically, however, they seem to date from the 1480s. Perhaps Master Sigismund can be presumed to be identical with the Sigmund Huetter from Freising who is documented as having executed many works for the cathedral and monastic churches in Freising between 1451 and 1490; it cannot therefore be ruled out that this master was responsible for the paintings. The Master's work appears to be closer to the painting of Salzburg and Munich than to Swabia, and Stange included him among the painters of Lower Bavaria. A more thorough investigation of his origins is, however, needed. Two depictions of the Crucifixion (Detroit, MI, Inst. A., and Freising, Diözmus.), probably dating from the 1470s, are also attributed to the Master.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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