Witz, Konrad

(c. 1410-c. 1446)
   German painter from Rottweil in Württemberg who entered the Painter's Guild in Basel in 1434 and became a citizen of the region in the following year. The fact that he purchased a house there in 1443 suggests that he had a busy workshop. Nothing is known of his training. His earliest known work is the Heilspiegel Altarpiece (c. 1435), its panels now dispersed in various museums and its main scene missing. Of these, Esther and Ahasuerus, in the Kunstmuseum in Basel, demonstrates Witz's use of deep contrasts of color and angular draperies typical of the Early Netherlandish style. His Sts. Catherine and Mary Magdalen (c. 1440-1443; Strasbourg, Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame) shows a major departure from the earlier, more naïve portrayal. Here the sense of depth is successfully rendered through a repetition of four-partite vaults that diminish in size as they move into the distance. The same feature is seen in his Madonna and Child with Saints in a Church Interior (c. 1443) in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples. Witz's best known work is the Miraculous Draft of Fishes (1444; Geneva, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire), part of the St. Peter Altarpiece commissioned by Bishop François de Mies for the chapel of Notre-Dame des Maccabées in the Cathedral of St.-Pierre in Geneva that belonged to his uncle, Cardinal de Brogny. The scene shows Witz's close study of reflections on the water and distortions of figures and objects seen beneath its surface. The date of the artist's death is unknown. In 1466, his wife is referred to in a document as a widow.

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  • Witz, Konrad — born с 1400, Rottweil, Baden Württemberg died с 1445, Basel or Geneva, Swiss Confederation German born Swiss painter. In 1434 he entered the painters guild in Basel, where he worked most of his life. Little else is known of his life. His… …   Universalium

  • Witz, Konrad — ( 1400, Rottweil, Baden Württemberg–1445, Basilea o Ginebra, Confederación suiza). Pintor suizo, de origen alemán. En 1434 ingresó al gremio de pintores de Basilea, donde trabajó la mayor parte de su vida, de la cual no se sabe mucho. Su obra… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • WITZ (K.) — WITZ KONRAD (1400 env. av. 1447) Peintre allemand originaire de Souabe (des documents le disent de Rottweil sur le Neckar, sans préciser qu’il s’agit de son lieu de naissance ou de sa dernière résidence). Konrad Witz fut admis en 1434 dans la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Konrad Witz — Saint Christopher by Konrad Witz (c.1435), at the Kunstmuseum, Basel Konrad Witz (c. 1400 1410 probably in Rottweil, Germany) c. Winter 1445/Spring 1446 in Basel, Switzerland) was a German painter, active mainly in Basel, Switzerland. Witz is… …   Wikipedia

  • Konrad — /kon rad/, n. a male given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Ackermann Konrad Ernst Adenauer Konrad Beilstein Friedrich Konrad Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski Henlein Konrad Lorenz Konrad Zacharias Witz Konrad Zuse Konrad * * * …   Universalium

  • Konrad — (as used in expressions) Ackermann, Konrad Ernst Adenauer, Konrad Beilstein, Friedrich Konrad Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski Henlein, Konrad Lorenz, Konrad (Zacharias) Witz, Konrad Zuse, Konrad …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Konrad Witz — (* um 1400 wahrscheinlich in Rottweil; † um 1446 in Basel) war ein oberdeutscher Maler in der ersten Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts. Er zählt gemeinsam mit Hans Hirtz zu den bedeutendsten Vertretern der oberrheinischen Malerei der Spätgotik bzw. der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Konrad — ist ein männlicher Vorname und ein Familienname. Herkunft und Bedeutung Konrad leitet sich von „kon“ (kühn, mutig) und „rath“ (Rat) ab und bedeutet wörtlich der kühne Ratgeber („kühn an Rat“), sinngemäß der gute Ratgeber. Aus dem Althochdeutschen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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