Christoph Weiditz

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Selfportrait of Christoph Weiditz, January 1523

Christoph Weiditz (1498, Strasbourg or Freiburg im Breisgau - 1559, Augsburg) was a German painter, medalist, sculptor and goldsmith. His artistic development goes from a naïve-German record of the Renaissance influences to a clever mannerism. Christoph Weiditz is one of the four most important German medalist of the Renaissance, alongside Hans Schwarz, Friedrich Hagenauer and Matthes Gebel.[citation needed]

He was the son of Hans Weiditz the Elder, Hans Weiditz dem Älteren, Hans Weiditz I, also spelt Wyditz and Widitz (ca. 1475 Strasbourg - ca. 1516 ibid.), a sculptor who worked in Freiburg between 1497 and 1514. He was also the brother of Hans Weiditz, the Younger (1493–1537), a famous woodcut artist.

Between 1528 and 1529 he stayed in Spain and made drawings of the folk costumes the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula.



  • Christoph Weiditz, Authentic Everyday Dress of the Renaissance. All 154 Plates from the „Trachtenbuch“. Nachdruck der Ausgabe Berlin 1927. Dover Publications, New York NY 1994, ISBN 0-486-27975-8.
  • Theodor Hampe (dir.), Das Trachtenbuch des Weiditz von seinen Reisen nach Spanien (1529) und den Niederlanden (1531/32), 1927. Réimpression : , New York NY, Dover Publications, 1994 ISBN 0-486-27975-8 (Google Books, extraits). (in German)
  • Andrea McKenzie Satterfield, The assimilation of the marvelous other: Reading Christoph Weiditz's Trachtenbuch (1529) as an ethnographic document (full text).


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