Jakob von Landshut

(c. 1450—1509)

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(b Landshut, c. 1450; d Strasbourg, 6 Aug 1509). German architect. His father may have been Ulrich Iserecker, architect to the city of Landshut about the middle of the 15th century, whose son Jakob was residing outside the district in 1469. Jakob's mark appears on the church of Herrnsheim, near Worms, built c. 1470–90. He may have participated in other buildings of Bavarian inspiration in the same region, such as the church of Bechtolsheim and the Lady chapel of Worms Cathedral. In 1492 Jakob arrived in Strasbourg, where in 1495 he became Master of the Works. From 1494 to 1505 he built the St Laurent porch on the north transept façade. In 1496 he built a bell-tower (destr. 1533) on the cathedral podium. In 1506 he restored the parapet of the St Catherine Chapel. He was trained by one of the successors of Hans von Burghausen and, with knowledge of the architecture of his native city, he also appears to have been influenced by the Swabian style of Matthäus Böblinger (see Böblinger, (3)). The vault of the St Laurent porch, and even more its façade, with its canopy composed of angular re-entrants and its decorative richness, constitutes one of the most elaborate masterpieces of Late Gothic in the southern Empire. A more timid first plan for this façade survives in the Musée de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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