(fl c. 1485–1510). German draughtsman, engraver and painter. The signature Mair appears on all but one of his twenty-two engravings and on one of three woodcuts. The rest of his posthumously acquired name derives from the Landshut coat of arms on the engraving Hour of Death (1499; Lehrs, no. 19), which presumably indicates that Mair was working there. Nine other engravings are dated the same year, the only date to appear on any of his engraved work. Former identification as Nicolaus Alexander Mair, a painter in Landshut documented in 1492, 1499 and 1514, has proved untenable. None of Mair's other dated works is earlier than 1495 or later than 1504, years in which he was also associated with Munich and Freising. Stylistic evidence suggesting he assisted Jan Polack c. 1490 in painting an altarpiece for St Peter in Munich tallies with an entry in the Munich tax records from 1490 that lists a ‘Mair Maler von Freising’. In 1495 he executed a lunette panel with scenes from the Life of Christ for the sacristy of Freising Cathedral. He may also have worked temporarily in northern Italy, producing an Ecce homo (1502; Trent Castle) and two scenes of a martyrdom (Milan, Mus. Poldi Pezzoli).
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.