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Paul Lautensack’s Life and Work

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Paul Lautensack was born in 1477 or 1478, and he must have received the usual schooling for craftsmen, writing and basic mathematics, but no Latin. In addition, between 1506 and 1521 he received regular payments for works (in most cases small-scale decorative painting) done for the Prince Bishops of Bamberg. As a wealthy and respected citizen he lived in one of the most prosperous parts of Bamberg, and by 1520 he had become both Gassenhauptmann (alderman) and churchwarden. Lautensack may have first encountered the new ideas of the Reformation through his friend Johannes Schwanhauser (or Schwanhausen/Schwanhäuser), Custos of St Gangolf in Bamberg, who tried in vain to introduce the new faith in his city and was banished in 1524. Nuremberg was where Lautensack spent most of the three last decades of his life, and here he compiled the speculative tracts that are the focus of this chapter.

Keywords: Bamberg; Custos of St Gangolf; Johannes Schwanhauser; Nuremberg; Paul Lautensack; Prince Bishops' painting



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