Hans Schüchlin

(c. 1430—1505)

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(b Ulm, c. 1430; d Ulm, 1505). German painter. Perhaps the son of a carpenter named Hans (fl Ulm, 1430–68), he was documented in Ulm from 1468 until his death. His reputation is founded on his single surviving altarpiece: the high altar (1469) of the parish church at Tiefenbronn an der Enz. The carved figures of the shrine, showing the Descent from the Cross and the Lamentation as principal scenes, with emphasis on the patron saint Mary Magdalene, may have been designed by Jörg Syrlin I and executed by Michel Erhart. Schüchlin's paintings comprised four scenes of the Passion (inside wings), four scenes of the Life of the Virgin, from the Annunciation and Visitation to the Adoration of the Magi (inside wings), the Last Supper and Church Fathers (predella), with saints and still lifes on the back wall of the shrine and all the side sections. The paintings reveal that Schüchlin's journeyman years had taken him to Nuremberg: the figure pairs in the Life of the Virgin are composed in a loose, harmonious way, with a Swabian stillness, but the backgrounds (for example in the Visitation) show many half-timbered Nuremberg buildings. The Adoration of the Magi is in parts reminiscent of the Master of St Lorenz (fl 1415–30) of Nuremberg, while the four lively, turbulent Passion scenes reveal the influence of Hans Pleydenwurff.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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