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date: 21 November 2019

Hirschvogel family [Hirsfogel; Hirsvogel]locked

  • Jane S. Peters


[Hirsfogel; Hirsvogel]

German family of artists. They were Nuremberg’s leading stained-glass painters during the late 15th century and the 16th. (1) Veit Hirschvogel the elder, the son of a glazier named Heinz (d 1485), established the family workshop and became the city’s official glazier. His son Veit Hirschvogel the younger (1485–1553) succeeded him as official glazier, being succeeded in his turn by his son Sebald Hirschvogel (1517–89), who remained in the post for 33 years. The brothers of Veit the younger, Hans Hirschvogel (d 1516) and (2) Augustin Hirschvogel, also joined the glass-painting workshop, but Augustin, the most talented of the family, left it in 1525 to pursue a varied career outside Nuremberg, producing many etchings and also innovations in cartography. It is supposed that the Viennese goldsmith Veit Hirschvogel (1543–74) was Augustin’s son.

Hollstein: Ger.; NDB; Thieme–Becker

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Neue deutsche Biographie (Berlin, 1953–)
F. W. H. Hollstein: German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, c. 1400–1700 (Amsterdam, 1954–)
U. Thieme and F. Becker, eds: Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, 37 vols (Leipzig, 1907–50) [see also Meissner above]