(d Lübeck, 1521). German sculptor. His career as an independent master in Lübeck probably began in 1485, the year of his marriage, or two years later, when he purchased a house. His early works are stylistically very similar to those of bernt Notke, indicating that he was trained in Notke's Lübeck workshop; scholars disagree on the delineation between the oeuvres of the two masters. The debated works include the St Jerome in Vadstena Abbey; the altarpiece of the Mass of St Gregory in Rytterne church; the Crucifix from the St Nicolai Chapel in Stockholm (now in Stockholm Cathedral); and the Pietà from the Heilig-Geist-Spital, Lübeck (Lübeck, St Annen-Mus.). Although there is no consensus on the body of works for which von der Heide was responsible, it is generally agreed that he tempered the abrupt anatomical exaggerations and facial severity of Notke's striking figures, imbuing his own images with subtle modulations that lent a new individuality to the human figure.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.