Hans Maler

(b. c. 1480)

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(b Ulm, c. 1480; d ?Schwaz, Tyrol, c. 1526–9). German painter. He was first documented in Schwaz in 1517, and hm mzs, ‘Hans Maler, Maler zu Schwaz’, is inscribed on his portrait of A Young Man (1523; priv. col.; see 1906 exh. cat.), but his place of origin is noted on the reverse of his portrait of Anton Fugger (1524; ex-Děčín Castle, Czech Rep.) in the inscription ‘hans maler von ulm, maler zvo schwaz’. He has been tentatively identified (Friedländer) as the painter (Ger. Maler) in Schwaz who in 1500 was reminded by the government in Innsbruck to deliver the portrait Emperor Maximilian I had commissioned of his late wife, Mary of Burgundy, and also with the painter Hans in Schwaz who in 1510 was paid for two portraits of Mary of Burgundy (Vienna, Ksthist. Mus.; New York, Met.; see Egg). Judging by his oil paintings, he trained in Ulm with Bartholomäus Zeitblom or in his circle. His best works are portraits, with subjects generally appearing in bust-format, hands not shown, before a blue background that lightens towards the base. Only exceptionally do they establish eye-contact with the viewer: the diagonally placed pupils, which appear to tilt forwards, give the expression an uncertain quality. The bright flesh tint, with a hint of rose, and the jewellery and clothes were rendered with care and a fine sense of decorative values.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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