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Hans Lützelburger

(fl. c. 1517)


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(fl c. 1517; d Basle, before 23 June 1526). German woodcutter and possible medallist. His career is thought to have taken him from Augsburg, via Mainz, to Basle. In Augsburg a Hanns Franck worked c. 1517 in the team of woodcutters who executed series such as Habsburg Saints and the Triumphal Procession for Emperor Maximilian I—employment requiring a gifted worker. A woodcut of outstanding quality, Fight between Peasants and Naked Men in the Forest designed by an artist signing himself nh (Nicolas Hogenberg), appeared in 1522 with the full signature ‘Hanns Leuczellburger Fvrmschneider’ and an alphabet, probably intended to advertise his ability as a cutter of lettering. Thus Model Alphabets (1522; Mainz), published by Johann Schöffer (fl c. 1503–30) and signed ‘hlf’, may be attributed to Lützelburger. From 1523 onwards he worked almost exclusively for Hans Holbein II in Basle. His reputation rests pre-eminently on his series of miniature Bible illustrations, his lettering, including a fully signed Holbein's Alphabet with Representations of Death, and Holbein's well-known series the Dance of Death (designed c. 1523–6; first published in entirety 1538, Lyons). Lützelburger's technical brilliance, consisting in a clarity and delicacy of line that fulfil all the designing artist's intentions, remained unsurpassed in the 16th century.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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