Hans Hirtz

(c. 1400—1463)

Quick Reference

(b ?Strasbourg, c. 1400; dbefore 4 Aug 1463). German painter. Judging by the evaluation of later critics, he must have been one of the most highly regarded artists of his time. In his outline of German history, the Epithoma rerum Germanorum (1505), Jakob Wimpfeling wrote that ‘extremely famous and exquisite pictures in Strasbourg, his birthplace’ bore witness to Hirtz's skill. In his German interpretation of the Gospels (Evangelia mit usslegung, 1517), the popular preacher Johann Geiler of Kaysersberg refers to Hirtz, whose ‘delightful panels’ stand on the altars and can be immediately recognized by anyone. Hirtz's work was supposed to be in a coarse, vernacular style that would have corresponded to Geiler's preferences. Because of these references, the master of the Karlsruhe passion, who worked in the Upper Rhine area, has sometimes been identified with Hirtz, but there is as yet no certain proof to connect Hirtz's name with any extant painting.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.