(d Malmö, before Nov 1603). Swedish sculptor. He was the leading wood-carver and stonemason in Malmö, where he maintained a workshop. He is first mentioned in 1582 working as a journeyman with Mogens Snedker at Malmöhus Castle. The earliest work that may be attributed to him with some certainty is a wooden altarpiece (before 1588; Lund, Kulthist. Mus.), originally in Reng church, Skåne. It would appear that between 1596 and 1599 he carved architectural details in sandstone, probably to the designs of the presumed architect, Hans van Steenwinckel I, for doors, gables and dormers at Svenstorp Castle, Skåne. Tommisen's finest work was the pulpit (c. 1597–1600) in St Peter, Malmö. This was based on the architectonic composition of the pulpit (1592) made by johannes Ganssog for Lund Cathedral. The Malmö pulpit is made of sandstone and black limestone, with a carved oak baldacchino. Tommisen did not achieve Ganssog's mastery of perspective in relief. Instead the six panels with scenes from the Life of Christ are presented in a form of high relief, in which the motifs chiefly unfold on a console along the lower edge of the relief, anticipating the Baroque niche relief (Paulsson). This characteristic style makes it possible to assign to Tommisen both epitaphs in St Peter and its baptismal font (1601), which is the earliest Renaissance font in Skåne and the model for a long series of fonts in the region. In 1600 he was summoned to Copenhagen by Christian IV, King of Denmark, to work on the construction of the Tøjhus (Royal Arsenal; 1598–1604). His name last appears in a document relating to the settlement of his estate in November 1603.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.