Bernhard Strigel Germany
3-1461 Memmingen, GER – 5-4-1528 Ebenda, GERBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Bernhard Strigel was a German painter at the transition from late Gothic to Renaissance.
The son of the sculptor Ivo Strigel 1505. Bernhard Strigel was initially under the influence of the artist Bartholomew Zeitblom the so-called Ulm School. Later, he developed under Dutch influence in Mindelheimer and in Salem.
Bernhard Strigel was a German portrait and historical painter of the Swabian school, the most important of a family of artists established at Memmingen. He stood in high favor with the Emperor Maximilian I, in whose service he repeatedly journeyed to Augsburg, Innsbruck, and Vienna.
For Maximilian I, whose court painter he was, he created several portraits that have been copied repeatedly. The emperor chose Bernhard Strigel and not the more important Dürer or the Augsburg Painters Burgk Maier and Breu, who also knew the Emperor. Strigel takes portraiture to this day a special place in the history of art. The portrait of Maximilian I with insignia from the Maximilianeum in Innsbruck was discovered in privately owned in 1965 by the Vorarlberg artist and restorer Konrad Honold and restored.
His religious paintings, which include four altar wings with scenes from the "Life of the Virgin," in the Berlin Gallery, and 10 paintings illustrating the "Genealogy of Christ," in the Germanic Museum, Nuremberg, are historically interesting, but of less artistic value than his portraits, which, though detailed, are ably handled and luminous in color.
Some works of Bernhard Strigel are still at the designated places. Many were destroyed but mainly by the Reformation and secularization or placed elsewhere.
Art Movement: Northern Renaissance Art
Influences: Bartholomew Zeitblom