Master of Uttenheim

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(fl Tyrol, c. 1450/70–80). Austrian painter. He is named after a painting of the Virgin and Child with SS Margaret and Barbara (c. 1470; ex-parish church, Uttenheim in Pustertal; Vienna, Ksthist. Mus.). Other works by him are eight panels of the Life of St Augustine and one of Joachim's Offering Rejected in the Temple (both c. 1470) in the Augustinian convent of Neustift (now Novacella, Italy) near Brixen (now Bressanone, Italy); the Coronation of the Virgin (c. 1475–80; ex-Neustift; Munich, Alte Pin.); scenes of the Life of St Stephen (c. 1470; Moulins, Mus. Dépt. A. & Archéol.); and a Birth of the Virgin (Nuremberg, Ger. Nmus.; see colour pl. 3:IX, fig. 1). His connection with Michael Pacher is controversial: who influenced whom? Both produced dramatic perspective, strong contrasts of lighting and low viewpoints derived from north Italian painters such as Mantegna. It seems most probable that Pacher introduced these features to the region and that the Master of Uttenheim was his follower. Although some believe that his earliest works may be of c. 1450–60, all are likely to be later than c. 1470, first following Pacher's St Lawrence Altar (Vienna, Belvedere) in the St Stephen panels and then his Fathers of the Church Altar (c. 1475; Munich, Alte Pin.) in the Coronation of the Virgin.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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