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Jost Amman Drawing - Wenzel Jamnitzer by Jost Amman

Wenzel Jamnitzer

Jost Amman Painting - Roman Charity by Jost Amman

Roman Charity

Allegory of Truth

Allegory of trade

Old Woman and Owl

View of Munich

Antique relief with the representation of a young man killing a bull

The Human Alphabet

The picnic

David and Goliath

Adulterers bridge

The story of Adam and Eve

The Ages of Woman

The man's age

The Turkish ambassador on the way for the coronation of Emperor Ferdinand I to Frankfurt

Three Turks

Passage of the Israelites through the Red Sea




River god on horseback

St. Christopher

Wedding procession on St. Mark 's Square in Venice , left part

Wedding Procession in St. Mark's Square in Venice , right part

Illustration from " NEUWE Biblical Figures concerning the Old Testament and Neuwen , ordered and provided by ... Johan Bockspergen of Saltzburg ... nachgerissen ...by Joss Amman from Zurich "

Illustration of Philip Lorniers » Icones Livianae "

John the Baptist Preaching in the Wilderness

Child on a frog



Parable of Lazarus and the rich man

Portrait of Georg Ludwig von Seinsheim

Portrait of Georg von Frundsberg with his son Caspar

Portrait of the Duke Christoph of Württemberg and Teck

Portrait of Jakob Schegk from Schorndorf , doctor of medicine and philosophy

Portrait of Johann Turmair , known as Aventinus

Portrait of Johann Wolfgang Freymann

Portrait of Emperor Maximilian II

Portrait of Markus Fugger at the age of fifty-eight years

Portrait of Leonhard Fronsperger of Ulm

Portrait of Stephan Batory

Poorly paid musicians


Title page of the woodcut with King David

Tournament of the Emperor Maximilian I.

Outdoor entertainment

Venus and Cupid

Comparison Chart : Seven systems for measuring the time


Four ornament panels : Children dance, deer and bear hunting

coat of arms

Coat of arms with lilies

Coat of arms of Joachim Heller

Jost Amman (June 13, 1539 – March 17, 1591) was a Swiss artist, celebrated chiefly for his woodcuts, done mainly for book illustrations. Amman was born in Zurich, the son of a professor of Classics and Logic. He was himself well-educated. Little of his personal history is known beyond the fact that he moved to Nuremberg in 1560, where he continued to reside until his death in March 1591. He worked initially with Virgil Solis, then a leading producer of book illustrations. His productiveness was very remarkable, as may be gathered from the statement of one of his pupils, that the drawings he made during a period of four years would have filled a hay wagon. A large number of his original drawings are in the Berlin print room. About 1,500 prints are attributed to him. He was one of the last major producers of woodcuts for books, as during his career engravings were gradually taking over that role. Although like most artists for woodcut he normally let a specialist formschneider cut the block to his drawing, he sometimes included both a cutter's knife and a quill pen in his signature on prints, suggesting he sometimes cut his own blocks.

A series of engravings by Amman of the kings of France, with short biographies, appeared in Frankfurt in 1576. He also executed many of the woodcut illustrations for the Bible published at Frankfurt by Sigismund Feierabend, and for a topographical survey of Bavaria by Philipp Apian.[1] Another serial work, the Panoplia Omnium Liberalium Mechanicarum et Seden-tariarum Artium Genera Continens, containing 115 plates, is of great value. Amman's drawing is correct and spirited, and his delineation of the details of costume is minute and accurate. Paintings in oil and on glass are attributed to him, but none have been identified.

Amman died in Nuremberg, Bavaria, aged 51.

Amman, Jost. Philipp Apian’s Drawings, Watercolors, and Woodcuts. Accessed May 11, 2015.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Amman, Jost". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Kartenspiel. A pack of cards. [Leipzig, Edition Leipzig, 1967.] (A pack of cards reproduced from Amman’s Charta lusoria published in 1588, issued in case together with "Einführung von Erwin Kohlmann".)
Pictorial archive of decorative Renaissance woodcuts: (Kunstbüchl[e]in) / by Jost Amman; with an introduction by Alfred Werner. New York: Dover, [1985] c1968. ISBN 0-486-21987-9
Andresen, Andreas. Jost Amman, 1539-1591; Graphiker und Buchillustrator der Renaissance. Beschreibender Katalog seiner Holzschnitte, Radierungen und der von ihm illustrierten Bücher. Mit einer biographischen Skizze und mit Registern seines Werkes und der Autoren illustrierten Bücher. Amsterdam: G. W. Hissink [1973]. (Reprint of the 1864 ed., published by Danz, Leipzig, which was issued as part of v. 1 of the author’s Der deutsche Peintre-Graveur.) ISBN 90-6025-105-9
Becker, Carl. Jobst Amman, zeichner und formschneider, kupferätzr und stecher. Leipzig: R. Wiegel, 1854.

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