The artist responsible for the remarkable collection of geometric designs seen above and below is Lorenz Stöer (c.1537-c.1621) , about whom little is known with certainty. He was born in Nuremberg and moved to Augsburg in 1557. He is variously described as a painter and a draughtsman and he may have been the son of a woodcut artist.
'Geometria et Perspectiva' was sufficiently popular to warrant publication of a second edition, but it's difficult to gauge the extent of influence the book had over marquetry * workers. Perhaps its main effect was as conceptual inspiration, although the Met. Museum has a collector's cabinet also ].
Apparently there had been little in the way of academic study of Stöer apart from a couple of mid-20th century papers that linked him to two Nuremberg goldsmiths - Hans Lencker and Wenzel Jamnitzer - forming a trio of mannerist artists interested in geometric design and perspective. But a large portfolio of coloured drawings was discovered (when?) at the Munich University Library that has, in the last fifteen years, been attributed to Stöer (samples seen below).
"The woodcut sequence 'Geometria et Perspectiva' , that was published in Augsburg in 1567, has long been considered the principal work of Lorentz Stoer. Several hundred hitherto virtually unnoticed drawings, owned by the University Library in Munich, triggered the current study. For the first time, a proper academic evaluation was dedicated to Stoer's works. The description of the prints and drawings that were already known to scholarly literature was completed by the presentation of the large number of unknown works that had been discovered in the course of the analysis.
By means of critical discussion of questions of attribution and influence, and by confirming decisive points in Stoer's biography, a re-evaluation of his enlarged œuvre was accomplished: it was the representation of stereometric solids that was Stoer's major interest. The overview of the polyhedron literature and the analysis of the contemporary treatises on geometry and perspective enabled a differentiated look at Stoer's drawing method, contrasting it with that of the Nuremberg goldsmiths Hans Lencker and Wenzel Jamnitzer. The final discussion of the purpose of the drawings facilitated a new appreciation of his work. The study makes an important contribution to the positioning of Lorentz Stoer as a German Mannerism artist in the context of craftsmanship, ornamental arts and geometry."
[This is the english abstract for the 1996 paper by Dorothea Pfaff, 'Lorenz Stöer: Geometrica et Perspectiva' - full article pdf ] Kim H Veltman : "Stoer's manuscript was actually a compilation of over three decades' work ranging from 1562 through 1599. The novelty of his remarkable effects lay mainly in his combination of earlier techniques. We have noted, for example, that Dürer's workshop explored the use of shading to enhance the spatial effects of these solids. Jamnitzer and Lencker developed this technique using narrow banks of colour to accentuate the borders of these shapes. Stoer added a feature of his own. He used the surfaces of his solids as spaces in which to inscribe further polygonal shapes. Frequently he combined both techniques. In the case of a dodecahedron, for instance [ 5th image from the bottom below ] , he outlined the boundaries of its twelve surfaces with bands of colour. In each of these he then inscribed a pentagon." Veltman goes on to intimate how the colour manuscript - although never published - offered a logical means by which designs could be readily adapted for marquetry, with different wood types matched to the colours; so perhaps Stöer's influence was in fact more significant than suggested above. with fairly evident connection to Stöer's designs and another cabinet of comparative style is known to exist in Munster [
Found Here: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/09/geometric-landscape.html