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       15th Century German Visual and Extant Resources (1450-1500)

I am in the process of making your search through the artwork easier.  I am going through all of the pictures and labeling next to the cite the items that are displayed in the artwork.  Here are some of the commonly used terms, sorry, I do not always use them consistently:

  • Kleid (Dress/kirtle)
  • Hemd (Chemise)
  • Gefranse (Decorative fringe worn at the back of the head)
  • Wulsthaube ("Bump" headdress)
  • Steuchlien (Veil/scarf worn on the head)
  • Kappe (Cap)
  • Taschen (Belt)
  • Schaube (Coat)
  • Schuhe (Shoes)


Please click on the links below to see the described item; or for the newly updated artwork, please click on the picture below the artists name to go to the listing of their artwork with cites and links to the pieces described.

The Master of the Housebook  

Also known as:  Master of the Amsterdam Cabinet, Master of Hausbuch, Meister des Hausbuches

An engraver and painter whose work is found in the last quarter of the 15th century.  He working in Southern Germany.  Though he did have several works that were paintings attributed to him and believed to may have been finished by other artist; the Master if the Housebook is most renowned for his work as an engraver and is believed to be the first artist to use the drypoint, a printmaking technique.

Master E.S.

Also known as:  Master of 1466

(Active c. 1450-1467 Upper Rhine) A German engraver whose true identity is unknown.  His name came from the monogram that appears on approx. eighteen pieces of his artwork.  He has approx. 300 known pieces of work on varying subjects and was one of the most influential German engravers before Martin Schongauer.

Martin Schongauer

( c. 1450-1491) A German engraver and painter that developed his own technique of engraving.  His work was further developed by other artists like Albrecht Durer.  He has approx. 116 known engravings mostly about religious topics, but some of a comedic nature. 

Albrecht Dürer

( c. 1471-1528) A German engraver, theorist and painter.  He has been seen as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance.  His work was known throughout Europe and he introduced classical motifs to Northern art.  

Tilman Riemenschneider

( c. 1460-1531) A German sculptor and woodcarver of the late Gothic style.   

Hans Part (Stammbaum der Babenberger)

Babenberg Family Tree (Babenberger Stammbaum), painted (1489-1492) by Hans Part and others for the abbey of Klosterneuburg. The central panel contains pictures from the lives of the male Babenbergs. The right side panel depicts pictures of the wives of  Babenberg rulers.  This work is maintained at Stift Klosterneuburg in Klosterneuburg, Austria.   

Israhel van Meckenem

Also known as:  Israhel van Meckenem the Younger

(Active c. 1450-1465) A German engraver that was trained by his father and possibly Master E.S.  He is known to have made over 600 plates with up to a 1oo prints a plate.  He was the first engraver to engrave his own features. 

Michael Wolgemut

Also known as:  Michel Wolgemut, (formerly spelt Wohlgemuth)
A German painter and woodcut designer.  He refined the art of woodcut and Albrecht Durer was on of his students.  His woodcuts were used in many publications to include the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) and the Schatzbehalter (1491.)

Die Heidin


Also known as:  The Heidin, Cod. Pal. Germ. 353

(c. 1470)  The Cod. Pal. Germ. 353 was created in the Workshop of Ludwig Henfflin.  It contains approx. 82 illustrations.  It is the tale of the forbidden love between a Christian knight, Witige, and Heidin, the wife of King Beliant of Westerlande.  

Miscellaneous and Unkown/Anonymous 15th Century German Artists


Extant Items

Extant items from 15th Century Germany, specifically c. 1450-1500.  Items include, but are not limited to armor, jewelry, embroidery, bags, seals and textile fragments. 

Attributed to Master bxg , active c. 1470-1490 

Other 15th Century German Artists



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