Bernhard Strigel (1460-1528)

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The Rest of the Flight into Egypt

Portrait Dr George Thannstetter 1515

The Rest of the Flight into Egypt

Portrait of Sybilla von Freyberg

Bernhard Strigel was a German painter who worked during the Gothic-era, Renaissance transition. He was the son of a painter and was a student of the Ulmer school. He mainly painted portraits, many of which were later copied by fellow German artists. However, religious themed compositions were still very popular during his era, and he created many of those as well.


Christ Taking Leave of His Mother


Portrait of a Man 1528

Little is known about the details of Strigel’s life, except that he was often commissioned to paint portraits of wealthy and powerful German families. In an era when most artists were primarily painting religious scenes for churches, Strigel was one of the only German portrait painters in his league. Therefore, a German portrait from this period could have been very likely crafted from Strigels’ hand. One of his most famous sitters was Emperor Maximilian and his family.


Emperor Maximilian and his Family 1516


Emperor Maximilian I

Art historians have attributed most of Strigel’s paintings based on an inscription from the Cuspinian Family, who own some of his works in their private collection. Two of his known works are also housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. However, many more could be in existence somewhere in Europe, unknown and otherwise unauthenticated.


Mary and the Holy Family


St. Ladislas Presents Wladislav II and His Sons to the Virgin

It is also known that, like so many other painters of the time, he painted altarpieces for churches in the Ulm region and other towns around Swabia. Perhaps the reason that so few paintings have been one hundred percent identified as being from Strigel is the fact that he worked between the Gothic and Renaissance periods. Therefore, his style was not constant, but ever evolving to meet with the change of times.


The Holy Family


Portrait of Conrad Rehlinger and his Children 1517

Today his work is housed in museums all over Europe and in private collections and perhaps in your own home. Still wondering about a German heirloom portrait in your family’s estate? Contact us…it could be by Bernhard Strigel.


Portrait of a Man