Henning van der Heide

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Detail of St. George and the Dragon group by Henning van der Heide in St. Anne's Museum, Lübeck

Henning van der Heide (sometimes von der Heide/Heyde, ca. 1460 - 1521) was a German late Gothic sculptor.

Life and works[edit]

Little is known about van der Heide's personal life. He was trained in the workshop of Bernt Notke (and worked with him on his famous Saint George and the Dragon statue in Stockholm)[1] and seems to have lived and worked in Lübeck, present-day Germany. In 1485 he married, and in 1487 he purchased a house in Königstraße street of Lübeck. In 1513 he was made alderman at the guild of painters. He seems to have retired in 1519, when his workshop passed to his oldest son. For a craftsman of his age he appears to have been unusually wealthy as he managed to purchase three houses, one for each of his sons.[2][3][4]

His works are often confusingly similar to those of Notke, and scholars debate about what works should be assigned to which artist. As a rule, however, van der Heide seem to have added more individuality to his portraits and less emotionally overstated.[4] Works attributable to van der Heide include altarpieces in Brændekilde church, Denmark[5] and in Saaremaa Museum, Estonia (previously in Kaarma church);[6] the Saint George and the Dragon group currently in the St. Anne's Museum, Lübeck;[2][4] a sculpture of St. Jerome in Vadstena Abbey, Sweden;[4] a sculpted head of St. John the Baptist currently in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities,[7] and others.


  1. ^ "Henning von der Heyde" (in Danish). Den store danske. Gyldendals åbne encyclopaedi. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hasse, Max. "van der Heide (Heyde), Henning" (in German). Der Historischen Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History Volume 5, Issue 1-4, 1936 Henning von der Heyde". Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Campbell, Gordon (ed.) (2009). The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195334661. 
  5. ^ "Brændekilde kirke" (in Danish). Brændekilde-Bellinge sogne. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Department of History". Saaremaa Museum. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ Norberg, Rune (1953). "Johannesfatet från Norrby : immaculatamästaren, Henning von der Heide och Bernt Notke" (PDF). Journal of Swedish Antiquarian Research. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 

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