Famous German Renaissance Painters

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Albrecht Durer
Birthdate: May 21, 1471
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: April 6, 1528

Albrecht Durer was a German painter, theorist, and printmaker of the German Renaissance. During his 20s, Durer established his reputation as a popular printmaker across Europe, thanks to his high-quality woodcut prints. His popularity enabled him to work with major Italian artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Bellini, and Raphael. Albrecht Durer also influenced generations of artists, especially in printmaking.

Hans Holbein the Younger
Birthdate: April 2, 1497
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: November 29, 1543

Hans Holbein the Younger was a German printmaker and painter. Regarded as one of the 16th century's greatest portraitists, Holbein was also renowned for producing Reformation propaganda, satire, and religious art. Many of his portraits are now considered cultural icons. Holbein is also credited with contributing immensely to the evolution of book design.

Lucas Cranach the Elder
Birthdate: 1472 AD
Birthplace: Kronach, Germany
Died: October 16, 1553

German painter Lucas Cranach the Elder enriched the German Renaissance with his paintings and wood engravings. A court painter of the Electors of Saxony, he specialized in painting both nudes and ladies in fine clothing, and mostly depicted biblical and mythological themes. He also inspired the Danube school of Austria.

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Matthias Grünewald
Birthdate: 1470 AD
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: August 31, 1528

German Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald, also known as Master Mathis, was the court painter of the elector of Mainz. His drawings were mostly made in black chalk. Of his religious works, the Isenheim Altarpiece still survives, though most of his works were destroyed in the Thirty Years' War.

Hans Baldung
Hans Baldung
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Died: August 31, 1545
Albrecht Altdorfer
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Regensburg, Germany
Died: February 12, 1538

Albrecht Altdorfer was a German painter, engraver, and architect active during the Renaissance. He predominantly worked in Regensburg, Bavaria. He is considered one of the main representatives of the Danube School of painters. He was one of the first artists to focus on landscape as an independent subject. As an architect, he oversaw the construction of several commercial structures. 

Lucas Cranach the Younger
Birthdate: October 4, 1515
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wittenberg, Germany
Died: January 25, 1586
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Joos van Cleve
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Kleve, Germany
Died: 1541 AD
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Konrad Witz
Birthdate: 1400 AD
Birthplace: Rottweil, Germany
Died: 1445 AD
Hans von Marées
Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany
Died: June 5, 1887