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Austrian family of painters.

(1) Rueland Frueauf I and his son

(2) Rueland Frueauf II executed religious paintings in southern Germany and Austria.

(1) Rueland Frueauf I (b c. 1440–50; d Passau, 1507). The family coat of arms (an owl) has led to the surmise that he came from Obernberg am Inn. Mentions in Salzburg archives between 1470 and 1480 show that he stayed there long after his training. He is documented as painting frescoes of SS Christopher and Nicholas in Passau in 1481, also completing frescoes (destr.) in the Rathaus, begun by Ruprecht Fuederer in 1471. In 1484 Salzburg city council appointed him as an adviser to Michael Pacher in executing the altar of the Stadtpfarrkirche (now Franziskanerkirche). He subsequently reacquired citizenship of Passau.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.