Lorenz Stör

(c. 1530—1621)

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(b ?Nuremberg, c. 1530; d Augsburg, after 1621). German draughtsman. He may have been the son of the woodcut designer niclas Stör. Having given up his citizenship in Nuremberg in 1557 and moved to Augsburg, he was still living there as late as 1621. Few of his works are known to have survived; among them are a handful of drawings. He is known primarily for 11 geometric designs for woodcuts, published as a small book without text under the title Geometria et perspectiva (Augsburg, 1567), with the subtitle ‘Herein are a few ruined buildings, useful to cabinetmakers working in inlaid wood, and for the special pleasure of many other amateurs, arranged and presented by Lorenz Stoer, painter and citizen of Augsburg’. The book was printed by Hans Rogel I, who probably cut the blocks as well, since he is identified in the book as Formschneider. According to the title page, Stör received an imperial privilege in 1555, protecting the work against unauthorized reprint. Besides presenting a great variety of geometric solids, rendered illusionistically in perspective, the woodcuts are remarkable for their scenic compositions, which have the appearance of vast, uninhabited architectural ruins and abstract sculpture. Stör's interest in geometric patterns is closely related to the nearly contemporary publications by the late Renaissance goldsmiths Wenzel Jamnitzer and Hans Lencker (c. 1573–1637).

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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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