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Masters of the Gothic Art

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Masters of the Gothic Art
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Master M Z
Master Thomas de Coloswar
Master of Alkmaar
Master of Avila
Master of Budapest
Master of Moulins
Master of Female Half-length
Master of Heiligenkreuz
Master of Hoogstraeten
Master of Saint Cecilia
Master of Saint Gilles
Master of San Francesco Bardi
Master of the Aix Annunciation
Master of the Aix-en-Chapel Altarpiece
Master of the Avignon School
Master of the Bambino Vispo
Master of the Castello Nativity
Master of the Catholic Kings
Master of the Joseph Legend
Master of the Housebook
Master of the Legend of St. Ursula
Master of the Life of Saint John the Baptist
Master of the Lyversberg Passion
Master of the Pfullendorf Altar
Master of the Saint Lucy Legend
Master of the Polling Panels
Master of the Tegernsee Passion
Master of the Trebon Altarpiece
Master of the Vienna Adoration
Master of the Virgo inter Virgines
Masters Bohemian
Master of the Votive Picture of Sankt Lambrecht
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Master M Z

( fl c. 1500). German engraver. Twenty-two engravings are signed with the initials MZ, six of them dated (1500, 1501, 1503). In the absence of appreciable stylistic or technical development and because the artist’s sources—Albrecht Durer’s prints from the 1490s in particular—are no later than the dated prints, it is thought that all the production was concentrated c. 1500. The prints are equally divided between religious and secular subjects. Often a state of disquiet inhabits the figures, accompanied by eccentric use of perspective and abrupt changes in scale, as seen for example in The Embrace (Lehrs, 1932, no. 16) and Solomon’s Idolatry (L 1). Most of his works have landscape backgrounds executed with a delicate, atmospheric touch that suggests a precursor of Albrecht Altdorfer and other painters of the Danube school. The Ball and The Tournament (1500; L 17-18), companion pieces that represent a court festival in Munich, are the principal evidence that the artist was active in that city. The same hand may have engraved a reliquary plaque (1501; Andechs, pilgrimage church of Mariae Verkündigung) commissioned by the Munich Brotherhood of Butchers. This similarity has supported the contention that the Monogrammist MZ was the Munich goldsmith Matthaus Zasinger ( fl 1498–1555), though the burin work more readily suggests the hand of a painter than that of an engraver. Accordingly the Master has been attributed with eight panels with scenes from the Life of St Lawrence (c. 1505–7; Berching, Lorenzkirche). Noting the similarities of form and expression between the engravings of Master MZ and the paintings of Master MS ( fl 1521), who was active in Hungary and is also associated with the Danube school, it has been argued that the paintings and engravings are by the same hand. None of these or other proposed identities is yet persuasive.




Vanitas (Memento Mori)

Copper-plare engraving
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Martyrdom of St Barbara

Coppe-plate engraving
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

The Beheading of St John the Baptist

c. 1500
Copper-plate engraving
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria

Copper-plate engraving
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich


c. 1505
Black ink on paper
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg



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