Walther family [Walter]
- Martin Raumschüssel
German family of sculptors. They were originally from Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland), and there were many branches of the family in Silesia and Saxony. The most important members over four generations exerted a decisive influence on sculpture in Dresden between the Late Gothic and the Baroque. The first member referred to in documents is Hans Walther I ( fl 1487–1511; d Steinmetz), who concluded an inheritance settlement with his brothers in 1497 in Breslau and signed a sandstone figure of St Christopher (1511) in the parish church of Neurode in Silesia (now Nowa Ruda, Poland). Of his two sons, (1) Christoph Walther I was the first member of the family to settle in Dresden; this branch of the family was continued by his son, Hans Walther II (1526–86). After Christoph’s death in 1546, Hans II took over his workshop and received many commissions when, from 1548...