Georg Haas (1523-1596)
Aliases: Georg Has; Georg Hase; Georg Hass
Georg Haas Biography
(b ?Flensburg, c. 1523; d Vienna, 15961603). German joiner and etcher, active in Austria. In 1571 he was commissioned to make the doors and magnificent inlaid ceiling of the Landhaus, Vienna. The ceiling in the Verordnetenstube, which was completed in 1572, demonstrates great artistic ability with its combination of delicate inlay, carving and applied decoration. The heraldic programme of the ceiling was very rich, featuring the coats of arms of Old Austria, New Austria, the imperial arms and those of Bohemia and Hungary; the armorials of the other ten hereditary states formed a border. According to the accounts of the city treasurers office, he received 40 florins for his work on the Ehrenpforte, which was constructed by the Viennese city council on the occasion of the entry of Rudolf II into Vienna. In 1583 Künstlicher und zierlicher Newer vor nie gesehener: Fünfftzig perspectifischer Stück ...allen Malern Tischlern und denen sich des Bawens gebrauchen sehr nützlich und dienstlich mit sonderem Fleiss gestelt und in Kupffer gesetzt durch Georgen Hasen Hoff Tischler und Burger in Wienn his renowned series of etchings, with 48 designs for ceilingswas published in Vienna. A wooden coffered ceiling (c. 1600), originally installed in Burg Rapottenstein, lower Austria, now in the Franzensburg at Laxenburg near Vienna, has been attributed to Haas (see AUSTRIA, §V, 1(i)).Grove Art excerpts - Electronic ©2003, Oxford Art Online
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