(b ?Nuremberg, c. 1545–50; d Prague, between 14 Oct 1591 and 12 June 1592). German painter and draughtsman. He was first mentioned in 1576 in the Nuremberg Ratsverlässe as a painter and a citizen of the town. (It is uncertain whether he is the Hans Hoffmann who, with his wife Eva, baptized a son in the church of St Sebald in December 1572.) He lived in Nuremberg until 1584, when he was called by Duke William V of Bavaria to the court in Munich. From 1585 he was court painter to Emperor Rudolf II in Prague, where he received an annual salary of 100 thalers until his death.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.