(b Reichenhofen, Bavaria, c. 1400; d Ulm,
before 13 March 1467). German sculptor.
Multscher mentions his birthplace on the inscribed band,
originally a predella, of the Karg altarpiece in Ulm Cathedral
(1433) and on two wings of the so-called ‘Wurzach Altar’ (1437) at
Reichenhofen in the Allgäu. The town archives of Leutkirch, written
between 1405 and 1437, record that Multscher belonged to the ‘Freien
Leute auf Leutkircher Heide’, a commune of free peasants who had
been able to preserve their independence because they were the
direct descendants of Konigsfreie, who had always been free.
Under a charter of Emperor Ludwig in 1337, these men were direct
subjects of the Empire and had the right of free movement ‘to
Imperial cities or other towns’.