Daniel Hopfer

German , 1470 - 1536

Arms-etcher, Daniel Hopfer came from a large Augsburg family of arms-etchers and graphic artists. Hopfer’s achievements were widely recognized during his time and in 1590, he was posthumously named as the inventor of the art of etching in an imperial patent of nobility bestowed upon his grandson, Georg.

While his contribution as a printmaker is widely acknowledged, Hopfer’s arms etchings are at least as important. Like his prints, they reveal the role that Italian ornamental motifs had on his transformation from Late Gothic artist, to Renaissance artist.
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