Hans Baldung, called Hans Baldung Grien, was an artist in painting and printmaking, engraver, draftsman, and stained glass artist, who was considered the most gifted student of Albrecht Dürer, whose art belongs to both German Renaissance and Mannerism. Throughout his lifetime, he developed a distinctive style, full of colour, expression and imagination. His talents were varied, and he produced a great and extensive variety of work including portraits, woodcuts, drawings, tapestries, altarpieces, stained glass, allegories and mythological motifs.
Baldung was born and raised in Schwäbisch Gmünd, East Wuerttemberg. At the age of 26, he married Margaretha Härlerin, with whom he had one child: Margarethe Baldungin.