(b Weilheim, Bavaria, ?1601/2; d Augsburg, ?1634).
German sculptor, active mainly in Augsburg. Although he died young of the plague, Petel was the most renowned German sculptor of his time, with a reputation extending far outside his own country. He travelled widely, visiting France, Italy, and the Low Countries (several times), and he was a friend of van Dyck, who painted his portrait (c.1628, Alte Pin., Munich), and of Rubens, who influenced his style. His work included large pieces in bronze and wood, but he is chiefly famed for his skill as an ivory carver (Venus and Cupid, 1624, Ashmolean Mus., Oxford).
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.