Lochner, Stefan

Lochner, Stefan

 

Born circa 1410, possibly in Meersburg, Baden; died in 1451 in Cologne. German painter.

Lochner, who started painting in Cologne in the early 1430’s, was influenced by the 15th-century Flemish masters (particularly Robert Campin). In his paintings the rich colors of his palette combine harmoniously with a golden background. The artist’s ability to render the materiality and poetic beauty of the real world is effectively combined with a Late Gothic spiritualization of images. Examples of Lochner’s works are the altarpiece The Adoration of the Magi (c. 1440, Cologne Cathedral), Madonna of the Rose Bower (1440’s, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne), The Day of Judgment (c. 1435, Wallraf-Richartz Museum), and Presentation in the Temple (1447, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt).

REFERENCES

Forster, O. Stefan Lochner…. Frankfurt am Main, 1938.
Stange, A. Kritisches Verzeichnis der deutschen Tafelbilder vor Dürer, vol. 1. [Munich, 1967.]
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