(fl 1478; d Nuremberg, 1503). German sculptor. He is documented as a wood-carver in Nuremberg, and also as a stone-carver and a maker of models for the metal-caster Peter Vischer the elder. (In 1494 they were both in Heidelberg.) Lainberger was possibly the father of the wood-carver Hans Leinberger and the painter Georg Lemberger, and his attributed work shows some influence from his contemporaries adam Kraft and veit Stoss. He was also active outside Nuremberg, in particular at the workshop of friedrich Herlin in Nördlingen. Scholars have hitherto been concerned with a letter of 1478 from the Council of Nördlingen to the Council of Nuremberg, which refers to the delivery of many works commissioned from Lainberger by Herlin. The view that these sculptures were destined for the high altar retable in the Georgskirche, Nördlingen, has, however, been discredited by the discovery of Friedrich Herlin's own signature and a date of 1462 on the retable (see master of Nördlingen).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.