Wendel Dietrich

(b. c. 1535)

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(b Augsburg, c. 1535; d Augsburg, Nov 1621-April 1622). German cabinetmaker and architect. He was employed by Hans Fugger in 1569 to work on the new state apartments in the Fuggerhaus on the Weinmarkt in Augsburg. By 1573 he had provided tables, chairs, wood panelling and vaults for Fugger's house. Other commissions from the Fugger family included the burial chapel (the Andreaskapelle) in the abbey of SS Ulrich and Afra at Augsburg. Its decoration and furnishings included a large carved altar (1580) and choir-stalls (1581), which are generally attributed to Dietrich. The design for the marble screen enclosing the Fugger chapel may also have been by Dietrich. In 1582 he was commissioned to make the wooden ceiling and doorways of the Banqueting Hall and the adjoining rooms at Hans Fugger's country house at Kirchheim an der Mindel. The coffered ceiling covers an area of 375 sq. m, using different woods to produce a subtle range of colours. With its rich ornamentation of mouldings, cartouches, garlands of flowers and masks, it is a remarkable example of the German late Renaissance style.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design — Renaissance Art.

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