(b ?Augsburg, before 1516; d Augsburg, 1552 or 1553). German sculptor. In 1516 he began an apprenticeship with the Augsburg sculptor Jakob Murmann I (1467–1547); from 1525 he is referred to as a master in his own right. Two large relief carvings in Solnhofen stone, Abraham and Melchisedek (destr. World War II) and Susanna Bathing (Berlin, Skulpgal.), have been generally considered as firmly attributed works: both were signed vk, and both are close in style to small-scale sculpture of the period from Augsburg. They combine a Late Gothic style with expressive and also inventively caricatured human representation. The draperies have elaborate linear folds, and hair and hemlines assume calligraphic forms. There are striking resemblances to Chinese lacquerwork (which the artist may well have known) in the bizarre clouds and trees, presumably modelled on contemporary graphic art.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.