Jörg Breu the Elder

Bernard of Clairvaux curing a possession, Zwettl altarpiece
Christ Crowned With Thorns

Jörg Breu the Elder (c. 1475–1537), of Augsburg, was a painter of the German Danube school. He was the son of a weaver.

He journeyed to Austria and created several multi-panel altarpieces there in 1500–02, such as the Melk Altar (1502). He returned to Augsburg in 1502 where he became a master. He travelled to Italy twice, in ca. 1508 and in 1514/15.

After his death in 1537, his son, Jörg Breu the Younger continued to lead his Augsburg workshop until his own death 10 years later.


External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Jörg Breu d. Ä. at Wikimedia Commons
  • Wolfgang Wegner (1955), "Breu, Jörg der Ältere", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 2, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 604–605; (full text online)
  • Jörg Breu the Elder at the J. Paul Getty Museum