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Schongauer, Martin

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00164724
Schongauer, Martin

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German, 15th century, male.

Born between 1430 and 1450, in Colmar (Upper Rhine); died 2 February 1491, in Brisach.

Painter, engraver, draughtsman. Religious subjects, portraits.

Martin Schongauer came from a patrician Augsburg family. His father, the jeweller Caspar Schongauer, moved to Colmar around 1440 and was a citizen of the town in 1445. Caspar had five sons: Ludwig, Caspar, Georg, Paul and Martin. Ludwig was also a painter. Martin Schongauer received a good education. In 1465 he was a student at the university of Leipzig. It is probable that he studied in Colmar in the workshop of Isenmann, who was a great admirer of Van Eyck and Roger van der Weyden. He completed his training in Flanders with pupils of Van der Weyden. According to information given to Vasari by Lambert Lombard, he was a pupil of Van der Weyden himself....

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Subjects: Painting ; Prints and Printmaking ; 17th-Century Art ; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400) ; Religious Art ; Christian Art

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