(b ?Ulm, 1477; d Liège, 16 Nov 1540). German wood-carver and sculptor. He was a master in Ulm by 1503. His earliest authenticated work, an altar depicting the Holy Family (1510; Bieselbach, Chapel), has distinctly contemporary features such as the use of an advanced altar form, Renaissance decoration and unpainted figures. However, in his next altar, dedicated to St Sebastian (c. 1520; Geislingen, St Maria), he reverted to a conventional Late Gothic chapel shrine. In 1529 Mauch left Ulm, where the Reformation had spawned a hostility to images, and settled in Liège. Here he made and signed a small Virgin and Childfor the monk Berselius (1529–35; Liège, Mus. A. Rélig. A. Mosan), the finest example of his use of the ‘parallel fold’ style of drapery. Most of his work in the southern Netherlands was in stone, as impressively demonstrated by the tombstone of Abbot Jean de Coronmeuse (ex- St Jacques, Liège; Paris, Louvre) attributed to him. Several small sculptures closely influenced by conrat Meit must also date from this period. Moreover, the stylistic peculiarities of some goldsmith pieces suggest that Mauch prepared models for them.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.