Master of the Housebook

(fl. c. 1470—1500)

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(late 15th century).

German (or according to some authorities Netherlandish) printmaker and draughtsman, so called from a number of drawings contained in a kind of commonplace book in Castle Wolfegg in Germany. He has also been called the Master of the Amsterdam Cabinet, since the largest collection of his prints (all drypoints) is in the Print Room of the Rijksmuseum. They often represent very worldly subjects and are done in a lively sketchy manner. Dürer must have known them, as their influence can be traced in several of his early drawings. A few paintings have also been attributed to this master. Various suggestions have been made for identifying him with named artists, but none has met with general acceptance.

Subjects: Art.

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