(b Schongau, Upper Bavaria, c. 1565–70; d Brixen, South Tyrol [now Bressanone, Italy], 22 March–27 Aug 1642). German sculptor, architect and engineer. He was one of the most influential sculptors active in south Germany and the Tyrol in the last decade of the 16th century and the first decade of the 17th, introducing the Mannerist style of Giambologna (1529–1608), learnt during his years as one of that master's principal assistants in Florence. Although attempts have been made to ascribe to him sculptures in wood and small-scale bronzes, his securely attributable works are mainly large-scale figures in bronze or terracotta. Chief among them is his monumental bronze group of the Archangel Michael Vanquishing Lucifer on the façade of the Zeughaus (arsenal) in Augsburg. In his later years he was more active as an architect and engineer than as a sculptor.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.