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Hans Süs background

Germany • 1480−1522

Biography and information

German painter and graphic artist of the Renaissance. Studied in Nuremberg at the Venetian and J. de Barbari and dürer (1500-1503). Worked mainly in Nuremberg, with the exception of 1514-1516, when Cracow was the orders for altar images.

Kulmbach already in the early works demonstrates a skillful construction extending into space, the free movement of shapes, light and harmonious palette . Further work, in particular performed for the Krakow show more subtle development of color, based on the glowing iridescent colours, the important role of landscape environment in the composition.

The artist painted the portraits.

The German artist. Contemporary and disciple of dürer, who, at the request of Kulmbach made sketches for his masterpiece, the altar, ordered by Lorentz Therom (1513, Nuremberg, C. St. Sebald), Kulmbach is one of the most talented artists from the circle of dürer. His work is associated with Nuremberg, where he arrived in 1500 and where he executed numerous portraits and paintings on religious subjects, illustrations of the "triumphal procession of Emperor Maximilian"), prints and stained glass. In addition, he has received a lot of orders from Krakow, where he had been several times in 1514-1516 ("St. Catherine Altar", 1515, fold - Krakow, Church of the virgin Mary). In the beginning of his career Kulmbach was heavily influenced by dürer, Jacopo de Barbari Venice and the temptations. Although the City did not possess the piercing psychological insight of his teacher, but in his religious compositions ("the adoration of the Magi", 1511, Berlin-Dahlem, Museum) and portraits ("Marktop Casimir of Brandenburg", 1511, Munich, Alte Pinakothek), he skillfully uses subtle color shades, which give his works a poetic character and showing deep artistic temperament of their author.