(b c. 1487; d Strasbourg, 21 Dec 1552). German painter. He was known as the ‘Master W.S. with the Maltese Cross’ when his paintings were first grouped together in 1930 (Hugelshofer) but was properly identified in 1952 (Rott). Stetter was both a religious painter and a Catholic priest (ordained in Basle, 1512). He entered the order of the Knights of St John in Strasbourg c. 1509–10, became the custodian of the order in 1522 and remained there until his death. Inventories suggest that many of Stetter's paintings were created for this order.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.