Antonius Eisenhoit

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Portal of the Eisenhoithaus in Warburg with the helmet as the family coat of arms
The heresy as a goddess (1589)
Ecce homo (1590)
Armillary sphere, together with Jost Bürgi (1585)

Antonius Eisenhoit (also Eisenhoit von Warburg , * 1553/1554 in Warburg -Altstadt in the Principality of Paderborn , † autumn 1603 in Warburg) was a German goldsmith , silversmith, copper engraver and draftsman.


After years of apprenticeship and traveling and a stay of several years in Rome, where he worked for a member of the papal curia , he returned to Warburg. There he made works of art for twenty years, mostly commissioned work such as for the Metallotheca Vaticana by Michele Mercati . He was also known as the German Benvenuto Cellini .

Occasionally he seems to have signed works as Anton Eisen .

Works (selection)

Copper engravings



  • In 1912, the sculptor Franz Heise erected a memorial with a fountain on the Warburg Neustadtmarkt, showing him sitting down during a break from work.
  • The former "Eisenhoitschule" in Warburg, a special school with a special focus on learning, was named after him.


Web links

Commons : Antonius Eisenhoit  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. See also the illustration Leopoldus a Stralendorff 1590.jpg in connection with Alfons Grunenberg: The fiefdom and the property of Leopold von Stralendorf in Heuthen . In: Eichsfelder Heimatzeitschrift . Volume 60, Issue 10, October 2016, ISSN  1611-1648 , p. 293 ( [PDF; 1.7 MB ] citation on p. 295 ).
  2. Listed as Anton Eisen in JGA Frenzel: Collection of copper engravings and hand drawings by Sr. Excellenz of Count Franz v. Sternberg-Manderscheid . tape 2 . CC Meinhold and Sons, 1838, p. 178 ( limited preview in Google Book search). In the copper engraving Haeresis Dea carried out as evidence, however, the signature Primitiae artis Antonii Eisen / hoit is clearly shown . It must therefore be an error on the part of the author.