Bertram called Master Bertram
German, 14th – 15th century, male.
Active in Hamburg.
Born c. 1345, probably in Minden (North Rhine-Westphalia); died before 1415.
Painter, sculptor (wood).
Lübeck School, Hamburg School.
Bertram brought an independent approach and highly developed aesthetic sense to the art of his time. He excelled in the painting of animals and delightful landscapes. His works are important not only for their artistic quality but also from a historical point of view, as the figures in his religious scenes are all dressed in the fashionable styles of his time. Although not all of Bertram's work has been traced, a good deal has survived, including a series of altarpieces in the churches of Doberan, Kiel, Tempzin and Hanover. There are many contemporary references to him: we known that he was a master of painting in Minden on the River Weser, that in ...