"Master of the Playing Cards"

The anonymous was active from ca. 1435 - 1455 (latest date assumed is 1466) as painter, goldsmith and engraver in southern Germany (upper Rhine). His engravings belong to the earliest known. First he was identified as "Master of the playing cards", later other anonymous works beside playing cards were attributed to him. He is respected for a high standard of technical and artistical engraving. It is said, that the card deck motifs originally were produced in a projected cooperation with Gutenberg to decorate the first printed bible.
Some motifs belong to earlier known catalogs, other motifs became standard motifs. Lehrs could determine 65 cards, 5 suits are known. From the surviving motifs only one was really used as playing card.

The picture shows the queen of the suit "wild men".