German family of painters and designers. Three generations of them lived on the Honekamp (now Krummer Timpen) in Münster, Westphalia. The first known painter in the family, (1) Ludger tom Ring I, and his eldest son, (2) Hermann tom Ring, were highly esteemed in Münster for their versatility, not only painting panels and murals but also designing prints for books and woodcuts and even, to judge from compasses in their portraits, working as architects. Hermann's younger brother (3) Ludger tom Ring II distinguished himself painting portraits and still-lifes, settling in Brunswick. Hermann's two sons Nikolaus tom Ring (1564–1622) and Johann tom Ring (1571–1604) painted unremarkable religious works around Münster, influenced by hendrick Goltzius and hans von Aachen. The family used the figure of Christ crucified in their coat of arms.(1) Ludger tom Ring I (b Münster, 1496; d Münster, 1547). The son of one Hermann Varworck, or tom Ring, he trained c. 1508–20 in the Netherlands, among other places. He designed his first woodcuts, including some bearing coats of arms, for the book printer Dietrich Tzwyfel in 1521. He became a member of the Münster painters’ guild in 1533 but in February 1534, after supporting the Lutheran party in the council elections, left Münster for the Netherlands to escape the rule of the Anabaptists. This course made it easier to find work when he returned after their defeat by the Catholics, though he was passed over in appointments to offices and his son (2) Hermann's epitaph (1548; Münster, Überwasserkirche) speaks of him receiving ‘little recognition’. In 1537 he was commissioned to work for the parish of St Ägidius and Überwasser, and from 1541 for the town.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.