Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: c. 1531
Cause of death: unspecified
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Painter, Engraver
Executive summary: German painter and engraver
Hans (or John) Burgkmair, the Elder, German painter and engraver on wood, believed to have been a pupil of Albrecht Dürer, was born at Augsburg. Professor Christ ascribes to him about 700 woodcuts, most of them distinguished by that spirit and freedom which we admire in the works of his supposed master. His principal work is the series of 135 prints representing the triumphs of the emperor Maximilian I. They are of large size, executed in chiaroscuro, from two blocks, and convey a high idea of his powers. Burgkmair was also an excellent painter in fresco and in distemper, specimens of which are in the galleries of Munich and Vienna, carefully and solidly finished in the style of the old German school.
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