Master MZ (Biographical details)

Master MZ (printmaker; German; Male; 1500; fl. c.)

Also known as

Master MZ; Monogrammist MZ; Matthäus Zasinger (?); Matthäus Zaisinger (?); Matheus Zinck (?)

Biography

German engraver, who signed his prints with the initials MZ. The identification of the Monogrammist MZ with the Munich goldsmith Matthäus Zasinger, or Zaisinger (fl. 1498–1555), was first mentioned in the XVIIc and had been a matter of debate since. Due to similarity of style between works by the Master MZ and MS (fl. 1521), it has been suggested that the works are by the same hand. None of these or other proposed identities is yet persuasive.

Bibliography

M. Lehrs: Geschichte und kritischer Katalog des deutschen, niederländischen und französischen Kupferstichs im XV. Jahrhundert, viii (Vienna, 1932), pp. 330–78.
C. Talbot: Master MZ, in: The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner (London: Macmillan 1996), vol. 20, p. 801.
TIB, vol. 9 Commentary, no. 0914.