(b Nuremberg, 1559; d Nuremberg, c. 1630). German painter and draughtsman. He trained with his father, Hans Strauch (d 1580), and, like most of the city's younger portrait painters, was strongly influenced by the refined style of Nicolas Neufchatel, the Flemish artist who dominated local portraiture from 1561 to at least 1573. Strauch's portraits, the earliest from 1581, were almost exclusively made for local patricians, for example Clara Praun (1588; Nuremberg, Ger. Nmus.), and craftsmen, such as Christoph Jamnitzer (1597; Nuremberg, Ger. Nmus.). While his likenesses are rather stiff and lack the warmth of Neufchatel's better paintings, Strauch excelled at reproducing the jewellery and dress of his sitters. According to Mahn, he produced at least 72 portrait paintings, 7 miniature portraits, 39 small portraits for the Nuremberg shooting company and, less certainly, designs for several portrait prints. He also executed a signed and dated Self-portrait (1614; Nuremberg, Ger. Nmus.)
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.