(b ?Strasbourg or ?Cologne, c. 1400–10; d Cologne, 28 Jan 1469). German architect and sculptor. He was the son of Coyngin von Franckenhoeven and his wife, Haidwich, and he may have been taught by the Master of the Maria Schlaf (Dormition) Altar in Frankfurt am Main Cathedral. He is first documented in Cologne in the city records of 1443. As a member of the masons’ lodge, he was delegated to sit on the city council, and he held the office of councillor in 1444. He succeeded Nicolaus von Bueren (d 1445) as architect of Cologne Cathedral, although he was first described as ‘the present master-builder to the cathedral of Cologne’ only in 1452 and again in 1458. His wife, Styngin was the niece of Nicolaus von Bueren and the sister of the municipal architect of Cologne, Johann von Bueren (fl 1438–52). The assembly of masons at Regensburg in 1459 appointed Kuene chief master for north Germany; this was repeated in Speyer in 1464.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.