Swiss family of artists. Christoph Stimmer I (b Burghausen, c. 1490; d Schauffhausen, 23 Oct 1562) worked in Konstanz as a schoolmaster from 1520 to 1532, but was also a calligrapher and painter. There are glass paintings (14 panels, 1524–5) signed with his name in Pfullendorf Town Hall, and he also used contemporary prints by such artists as Hans Leu II, Niklaus Manuel Deutsch and Hans Holbein the younger as models for his compositions. In 1532 he moved to Schaffhausen, where he became a citizen and a member of the guild in 1535, and worked as a bookbinder in 1558. Of his 11 children, (1) Tobias Stimmer was the most famous, and at least five of his other sons were also artists. Christoph Stimmer II (b Konstanz, c. 1520–25; d Rottweil, before Oct 1562) was a calligrapher, (2) Abel Stimmer was a painter and etcher, Gideon Stimmer (b Schauffhausen, 21 Aug 1545; d 1577/8) was a painter and designer of stained glass, Hans Christoffel Stimmer (b Schaffhausen, 17 March 1549; dafter 18 July 1578) was a pattern-cutter and Josias Stimmer (b Schaffhausen, 24 Feb 1555; dafter 1574) was a painter.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.