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Hans Reinhart

(c. 1500—1581)


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(b c. 1500/1510; d Leipzig, 29 Jan 1581). German medallist and goldsmith. He trained as a cabinetmaker and executed the panelling for a room in Halle, probably in 1538, to a commission from Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg. In the following year he became a citizen of Leipzig and worked there as a medallist, but the Leipzig guild of goldsmiths was not prepared to recognize medal-making as an independent craft, so Reinhart was forced, in spite of his relatively advanced age, to complete a five-year apprenticeship as a goldsmith. Reinhart's medals, mainly produced between 1535 and 1545, were marked with his initials hr. It is noteworthy that he cast his medals from wooden models and not, as was usual in goldsmith work, from stone models. After he had qualified as a master goldsmith in 1547, his work as a medallist took second place, but no goldsmith work has been identified as being by him.

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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