(b c. 1450; d 1527). German goldsmith and architect. He was one of the most important goldsmiths in Augsburg during the transitional period from Late Gothic to Renaissance and worked there as an independent master after 1478, receiving commissions for both secular and ecclesiastical works. From 1486 he was employed by the convent of SS Ulrich and Afra in Augsburg, and he gained particular renown for the conservation of old goldsmith's works including the abbey's Romanesque croziers. Interestingly, some of his pieces echo Romanesque as well as 15th-century forms. Such commissions as an architectural model (1498) for the Prince-Bishop of Brixen and a silver figure of the Virgin for Mariae Himmelfahrt, Kaisheim, may account for his increasing fame. Notable is the portable altar from Eichstätt (1492; Munich, Schloss Nymphenburg) with a cycle of engravings and statuettes depicting St Willibald and other saints. The character of the engravings has been linked to the works of Hans Holbein the elder (Fritz). Seld's extensive travels in 1508 and 1515 included visits to Alsace and Strasbourg, where he made architectural drawings of fortifications for his native town. His particular interest in and talent for architecture are attested by surviving sketches, for example one for the modification of the Perlachturm in Augsburg, or his map of Augsburg (1521; Augsburg, Maximilianmus.). His most accomplished work, the silver altar in Augsburg Cathedral, was destroyed in the 1540s and no visual records of it have survived.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.