Wolf Huber

Dates1480/1485 - 1553

The most important Danube School painter after Albrecht Altdorfer, Wolf Huber retained a highly individual style throughout his career. His father or uncle might have been a painter, and Huber probably apprenticed in his hometown of Feldkirch, Austria. By 1510 he may have had contact with Altdorfer. Huber studied Albrecht Dürer's art, as well as Dürer's Italian models, Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini, and later absorbed the Italian Mannerist style.

In the mid-1510s Huber had a workshop in Passau, Germany, and became court painter to the Bishop of Passau. In 1521 he completed an altarpiece in his hometown of Feldkirch. He became famous for its depiction of architecture, both breathtaking interiors and imposing buildings receding into space. In 1529 Huber became architect for the local count, Graf Nicoluas of Salm, and by 1541 he had become Passau's city architect. Hanns Lautensack was his pupil.

Besides religious paintings and numerous half-length and three-quarter-length portraits, Huber designed woodcuts and made landscape drawings. His Danube valley tours produced contemplative views, which often document places he saw and form the backgrounds of his paintings. With a strong feeling for the poetry of landscape, Huber strove to construct calm and unified compositions with an atmosphere of lyricism and intimacy.