Gabriel Krammer

(c. 1550—1611)

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(b Zurich, ?c. 1550; d c. 1611). Swiss wood-carver and engraver. He is recorded c. 1600 as a gentleman-at-arms at the court of Rudolf II in Prague. His most famous and frequently reprinted work is Architectura von den funf Seulen sambt iren Ornamenten und Zierden (Prague, 1600; Hollstein, nos 1–28), based on Hans Blum's Quinque columnarum exacta descriptio … (Zurich, 1550). In 1603 Krammer executed a copper-engraving that he described as an ‘actual account of the five columns, as they were used by Marcus Vitruvius and other Roman masters as well as by all artistic masters’. He also produced a sequence of engravings entitled the Schweiff-Buechlein (Prague, 1600–02; Cologne, 1610–12).


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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