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German family of artists. (1) Hans Schäufelein the elder's special contribution to German Renaissance art was his ability to interpret traditional themes, in both his drawings and paintings, in a popular and modest tone and to pass on the more imitable adaptations of Dürer's formal language and inventions to artists such as Martin Schaffner, the Master of Messkirch, the Master IS with the Shovel and Matthias Gerung, as well as many other artists who were influenced by the numerous woodcuts after his designs. His work also had a strong impact on that of his son-in-law Sebastian Daig (fl1508–44) as well as his son Hans Schäufelein the younger (b Nördlingen, after 1515; d Fribourg, c. 1582), who must have been trained by his father in Nördlingen, where he worked as an artist and became a citizen before moving to Fribourg in the Swiss Confederation in 1542. Hans the younger married in Fribourg and was appointed the municipal painter. The few paintings attributed to him, two triptychs with standing saints (both Fribourg, Franziskanerkloster) and an Entombment (1534; Einsiedeln Monastery), cannot be positively identified as his, nor can the woodcuts thought to have been designed by him, since these are hard to distinguish from those after his father's designs.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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