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German family of merchants, patrons and collectors. First documented in Nuremberg in the late 14th century, the Imhoffs quickly married into the city's older families and initiated lucrative trading enterprises. From their mercantile offices in southern Germany and Venice, the various family firms rapidly branched out to the rest of Europe. Konrad (d 1486) developed silver mines in Saxony. The Imhoffs were one of the great patrician families of Nuremberg during the 15th and 16th centuries. Among their artistic donations to Nuremberg churches, those to St Lorenz were the most notable. For example Konrad Imhoff (d 1449) donated the Coronation of the Virgin (1418–22), the artist of which was christened the master of the Imhoff altar (also known as the Master of the Deichsler Altar). Hans Imhoff IV (d 1499) presented the St Roch altar (c. 1490) and Adam Kraft's monumental stone tabernacle (1493–6), one of the most famous works of German Late Gothic art.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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