Tobias Stimmer

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Tobias Stimmer
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Portrait of Stimmer, Zentralbibliothek Zürich collection
Born(1539-04-07)7 April 1539
Died4 January 1584(1584-01-04) (aged 44)
Nationality Swiss
Known forPortraits, Illustrations
Notable work
Portrait of Jacob Schwytzer and his wife Elsbeth Lochmann
Movement Renaissance
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Portrait of Jacob Schwytzer and his wife Elsbeth Lochmann

Tobias Stimmer (7 April 1539 [1] – 4 January 1584 [2] ) was a Swiss painter and illustrator. His most famous work is the paintings on the Strasbourg astronomical clock.


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House zum Ritter


He was born in Schaffhausen, and was active in Schaffhausen, Strasbourg and Baden-Baden as a wall and portrait painter. He made a great number of drawings for woodcuts (Bible scenes, allegories, etc.) which were published by the printer Sigmund Feyerabend in Frankfurt am Main, and Bernhart Jobin in Strasbourg.

Stimmer followed Hans Holbein the Younger, but developed his own mannerism. Among his wall paintings remain the "House zum Ritter" in Schaffhausen, although this was actually much restored and changed.

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  1. He was not born on April 17, see Lieb 1990.
  2. In the old style.