Friedrich Hagenauer


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(b Strasbourg, 1490–1500; d after 1546). German wood-carver and medallist. He may have been the son of the sculptor nikolaus Hagenauer. By his own account, he left Strasbourg soon after 1520 and worked in a number of cities, including Speyer, Mainz, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Nuremberg and Salzburg, but no works from this period have been found. Between 1525 and 1527, while living in Munich and Landshut, he executed some 20 medals portraying Duke William IV of Bavaria, Duke Ludwig X (examples in Munich, Bayer. Nmus.) and Pfalzgraf Philipp, Bishop of Freising (example in Nuremberg, Ger. Nmus.) and members of the Munich court and bourgeoisie. He next moved to Augsburg, where in 1531 the guilds complained to the City Council that he was working as a wood-carver and conterfetter (portrait sculptor) without being one of their members. Hagenauer replied that in other cities his work was recognized as free art and not subject to compulsory guild restrictions.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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