Jorg 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, Jorg Breu the Younger continued to lead his Augsburg
workshop until his own death 10 years later.
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