A shadowy German painter about whom little is known and to whom few works are attributed for certain. The outstanding master of his time in Cologne, he worked there from 1442 until his death. The figures of his religious works are rounded and soft-bodied, with silly and chubby faces. Lochner loved glowing colors, gold backgrounds and details.
Stephan Lochner’s major works are The Virgin in the Rose Bush, c. 1440 (Cologne: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum); Annunciation, c. 1440–45 (Cologne Cathedral); Sts. Matthew, Catherine of Alexandria, and John the Evangelist, c. 1445 (London: National Gallery).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.