Jakob Heller

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Jakob Heller with his coat of arms, as depicted on the Heller Altarpiece by Albrecht Dürer (c. 1507-09)

Jakob Heller (c. 1460, Frankfurt am Main — 28 January 1522, Frankfurt am Main) was a German patrician, politician, and merchant. He served as Senior Bürgermeister of the Free City of Frankfurt in 1501 and 1513. Heller is best remembered today as a patron of the arts, as he commissioned the Heller Altarpiece from Albrecht Dürer and Matthias Grünewald, and a large sculpture of the crucifixion from Hans Backoffen.

Further reading[edit]

  • Wolfgang Klötzer (ed.), Frankfurter Biographie. Erster Band A-L, Frankfurt am Main, Verlag Waldemar Kramer, 1994, ISBN 3-7829-0444-3
  • Wolfgang Schmid, "Jakob Heller als Stifter und Auftraggeber", in: Grünewald und seine Zeit. Karlsruhe 2007, pp. 48-57
  • Rudolf Jung (1905), "Heller, Jakob", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 50, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 164–165