Hans von Kulmbach

Intro German artist
Known for Crucifixion of Christ, The Calling of St Peter
A.K.A. Hans Süss von Kulmbach, Suess Kulmbach, Johannes Suess Kulmbach, Hans…
Was Painter
From Germany
Type Arts
Gender male
Birth 1476, Kulmbach, Germany
Death 3 December 1522, Nuremberg, Germany (aged 46 years)

Portrait of Hans von Kulmbach St Catherine of Alexandria (1511), Czartoryski Museum, Kraków Hans Suess, known as Hans von Kulmbach, was a German artist. He was born around 1480 in Kulmbach, Franconia and died prior to 3 December 1522 in Nuremberg. Hans von Kulmbach was the artist who created the Kraków St John's Altar.


Kulmbach's signature, 1511 Kulmbach probably arrived in Nuremberg around 1505. He received instruction by Jacopo de' Barbari, who for a time worked in Nuremberg. Von Kulmbach then apprenticed with Albrecht Dürer and after Dürer retired from painting altarpieces in 1510 Kulmbach took over most of his commissions. Kulmbach had his own workshop in Nuremberg and at times worked in Kraków. He also created artworks for emperor Maximilian I and for Margrave Casimir Hohenzollern von Brandenburg-Kulmbach. His best works were stained-glass windows in churches, such as the Maximilian stained-glass, Margrave stained-glass at St. Sebald in Nuremberg, the Welser stained-glass at the Frauenkirche and the Nikolaus altar at Lorenzkirche. In 1511 he finished the St. Mary's altar at Skałka in Kraków. The Catherine and St. John's altar also in Kraków, are among his best works.

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