Master of the Coburg Roundels

Datesactive about 1470 - 1500

This artist's identity remains a mystery. Scholars named him the Master of the Coburg Roundels after two sketches for roundels from about 1485 in Coburg, which are considered cornerstones of the artist's stylistic development. Some scholars have also called him the Master of the Drapery Studies, because so many of his drawings represent folds of clothing such as sleeves, loincloths, or even whole garments. About 180 sheets have been attributed to this master, comprising one of the most extensive bodies of drawn work of any northern European artist before Albrecht Dürer.

Because several drawings seem to relate to stained-glass paintings in Strasbourg of about 1460 and show similarities to the products of workshops related to a specific glass painter, the Master of the Coburg Roundels may have worked as a designer in that studio. The Master's drawings also include studies of paintings, sculptures, and plans for altars from the Netherlands or Cologne. He often copied and repeated motifs and frequently borrowed from paintings, engravings, and stained glass. The Master's painted works comprise thirty panel paintings, including ten panels of a Passion cycle from 1488 in a church in Strasbourg.