Gabriel Weyer


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(b Nuremberg, 5 Nov 1576; d Nuremberg, 17 Sept 1632). German painter and draughtsman. His earliest signed drawings are dated 1597 (Munich, Staatl. Graph. Samml.) and 1598. They show him as one of the first Nuremberg artists to adopt the Mannerist style of such Dutch artists as Hendrick Goltzius and Abraham Bloemaert. He acquired this, initially at least, through their prints, including those by Jacob Matham after their designs. In his drawing of the Noli me tangere (1598; Nuremberg, Ger. Nmus.), Weyer's Magdalene closely resembles a common Bloemaert female type, while the figure of Christ reveals a probable familiarity with the designs of Bartholomäus Spranger, then in Prague. This Netherlandish influence can also be seen in an undated Allegory of Painting drawing and in a sketchbook dated 1601 (both Nuremberg, Ger. Nmus.). A couple of years after his marriage in 1600, Weyer may have travelled as a journeyman to the Netherlands, since several signed and dated (1602, 1603 and 1604) drawings are bound with older Antwerp school drawings in a sketchbook (Berlin, Kupferstichkab.) perhaps bought on such a journey (see Held); but he could easily have purchased the book somewhere in Germany.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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