Niklas Schlesitzer

(fl. 1496—1517)

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(fl 1496–1517). Painter, active in Germany. He is mentioned under this name in records in Munich and Polling, near Weilheim, but he probably originally came from Silesia. The main influences on his work appear to have been Franconian and early Netherlandish painting. In 1510 the monastery of Augustinian Canons Regular in Polling paid him for a screen depicting scenes from the Passion for the arch above the altar of the chapel of St John (destr.). Buchner identified this work with some panels now in Munich that came from Polling in 1803. Their dimensions suggest that they were originally made for a similar purpose, and Buchner's identification may be accepted with regard to the paintings of the Crucifixion and Lamentation (both Munich, Bayer. Staatsgemäldesamml.), the Nailing to the Cross (untraced) and the Deposition (destr.). Although the Agony in the Garden (Munich, Bayer. Staatsgemäldesamml.) is by the same artist and also comes from Polling, it cannot belong to this group: the Crucifixion appears in the background and it is unlikely that a scene would be represented twice in the same series.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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