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  • The Master of the Tucher Altarpiece was a German painter active in Nuremberg. His name is derived from a painting which has been in that city's Frauenkirche since the early 19th century; this has been known as the Tucher Altarpiece at least since 1615, in which year it was moved from its initial location, to another church in the same city. This move, and the accompanying restoration of the painting, was done under the auspices of the Tucher family, from whom it received its name. The Master's style is of a piece with that of his contemporaries such as Konrad Witz and Hans Multscher, all of whose realism is based on sculptural forms. Unlike Witz, he chose to depict only solid forms, especially those of the human figure, doing away with any suggestion of background. This can be seen in the central panel of his eponymous altarpiece, in which a painting of the Crucifixion is flanked by scenes from the Annunciation and Resurrection. The figures stand against a tooled gold ground, purely decorative and with no perspective depth. Elaborate tracery, a baldacchino, projects over them as if to suggest that they are actually statues.

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