Hans Mielich


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(1516–73). German painter, court artist to Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria in Munich. Trained by his father Wolfgang Mielich, Hans moved to Regensburg c. 1536; his earliest paintings are dependent on that city's leading painter, Albrecht Altdorfer. By 1539–40, Mielich was in Munich. Shortly afterwards he visited Italy, to return to Munich in 1543, taking on his appointment at court a few years later. His portraits of Albrecht of Bavaria and members of his court are highly elaborate and mannered (Ladislaus von Fraunberg, Count of Haag 1557; Vaduz, Liechtenstein Coll.). Mielich's chief work and last major painting was the high altar for the cathedral at Ingolstadt, commissioned by Albrecht V in conjunction with the centennial of the University of Ingolstadt (completed 1572). Containing more than 80 paintings by Mielich and his workshop, the altar's iconographic programme, devised with the help of the university's theologians, depicts Christ as teacher, helper, and redeemer, and scenes from the life of the Virgin. It is the first great Counter-Reformation altarpiece in Germany.

From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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