Georg Mattheus

(fl. 1551—1572)

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(fl ?1551–72). German woodcutter. Active in Augsburg and seemingly in Lyon, he worked principally after Italian masters, without developing an independent style of draughtsmanship. He carved religious and mythological subjects: his line is hard, and his figures are stiff and lifeless. Some woodcuts he signed fully, for example the chiaroscuro woodcut of the Flight into Egypt (Vienna, Albertina): ‘jorg matheis fvrmschneider va. augspurg’; others he signed only with m, such as Martha Leading Mary Magdalene into the Temple (London, BM). It has been suggested that he was the artist who signed a woodcut portrait of Martin Luther with ‘Jörg Formschneider 1551’ and who stayed in Wittenberg after 1551.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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