German painter of the 15th century; representative of the soft style.
As a student, Meister Francke probably lived in France, where he was influenced by Franco-Burgundian book miniatures. He worked in Hamburg approximately during the years 1410–25. His works include the St. Barbara altarpiece (1410; National Museum, Helsinki) and the St. Thomas altarpiece (begun 1424; Kunsthalle, Hamburg), which imbue religious subjects with intimacy and an atmosphere of everyday life.
REFERENCESLibman, M. Ia. Diurer i ego epokha. Moscow, 1972.
Meister Francke und die Kunst um 1400. Kunsthalle, Hamburg, 1969. (Exhibition catalog.)