Master of the Lübeck Bible


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(fl c. Lübeck, 1489–94). Woodcutter. He was the principal designer of woodcut illustrations for one of the most extraordinary examples of German incunabula, the Low German Bible printed by Stephan Arndes at Lübeck in 1494, and was responsible for most of the woodcuts in the Pentateuch. The remaining woodcuts are by a related but inferior hand. Only one other work can be confidently attributed to him, a Dance of Death published anonymously at Lübeck in 1489. His style, with its painterly approach and sophisticated rendering of landscape, has no precedents in Lübeck art and bespeaks Netherlandish origins, so he may have been an itinerant artist. He is the harbinger of a new style that shares features with the early work of jacob Corneliszoon van oostsanen and Lucas van leyden.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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