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Bartholomäus Reiter

died 1622 in Munich

Little is known about the life and work of Bartholomäus Reiter, a painter and etcher from Munich. Although his exact date of birth is not recorded, it seems certain that he became apprenticed to Hans Ostendorfer in 1583. By about 1589 Reiter had become an independent master in Munich. Even though Nagler called him “one of the foremost Munich artists of his time”, hardly any of his original works have survived. Reiter is reputed to have been close to Peter Candid, under whose direction he executed ceiling paintings in the Residenz in Munich. Notwithstanding their high quality, the prints he produced between 1610 and 1615 were not very numerous and, as Nagler noted, good impressions are rare.