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Hanns Lautensack produced prospects of Nuremberg from the east and from the west, which are noted for the reliability of their topographic detail. Lautensack’s interest in landscape finds expression in the rural foreground scenes, interspersed with small groups of citizens in a way that anticipated the style of Braun and Hogenberg. Both feature a self-portrait in which the artist, surrounded by curious by-standers, is identified by his monogram. This seal of approval underlines the authenticity of his panoramas, which are notable for the reliability of their topographic detail. Lautensack, who was later to work in Vienna making precise copies of the royal coins and medals, would not distort the city skyline in the interests of aesthetic balance as his predecessors tended to do.

Nuremberg’s artistic fame notwithstanding, its citizens probably derived as much pride from their evident prosperity and the power represented by the royal castle overlooking the town. Certainly, Lautensack was to receive a monetary reward from the civic authorities for his visual tribute.

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