German painter, printmaker and draftsman Georg Pencz was born about 1500. He is known as one of the “Little Masters”, a group of artists who made tiny, intricate, and influential prints.
Pencz was influenced by Albert Durer, whose workshop he entered in Nuremberg in 1523. He was banished from Nuremberg in 1525, along with other “godless painters”, such as Hans Sebald Beham and Barthel Beham for voicing their disbelief in Christ and baptism. Within several months, the three received pardon and Pencz came to be Nuremberg’s city painter in 1532.
Pencz returned to Italy around 1539 and visited Rome for the first time. Once back in Nuremberg, Pencz earned great success as a portraitist. He was named court painter by Albert, Duke of Prussia in 1550, but he died en route to the post.