Burgkmair or Burckmair, Hans (both: häns bŏrkˈmĪər) [key], 1473–1531, German engraver, woodcut designer, and painter. Having learned woodcutting from Schongauer, he settled in 1498 in his native Augsburg. His work shows the influence of his friend Dürer, whose enthusiasm for the Italian Renaissance he shared. Among his well-known paintings are the Rosary Altar (Augsburg) and Holy Family (1511; Berlin). After c.1508 he executed designs for woodcuts for Emperor Maximilian I; among these prints a series of episodes in the emperor's life is notable. Among his other works of graphic art are Death as Destroyer (1520) and Virtues and Vices.
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