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Artistic period 1551 to 1600




ca. 1548 (Brugge)


1628 (München)


Peter Candid (* about 1548 in Bruges; † 1628 in Munich; also Pietro Candid; actually Pieter de Witte, Latin Petrus Canisius) was a Flemish painter and graphic artist.

Since 1568 he lived with his father, the bronze founder Elias de Witte in Florence. He was a pupil of Giorgio Vasari and worked from 1575 for the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando I de' Medici. His relationship with Vasari gave him the opportunity to collaborate in the execution of the Sala Regia in the Vatican and also in the dome of the Florence Cathedral. In 1586 he followed the call of Duke Wilhelm V. to the Munich court and lived from there with interruptions until the end of his life in Bavaria, where he also created works for churches in other Bavarian cities. Between 1611 and 1619 he painted several halls of the Munich Residenz for Wilhelm's successor Maximilian I. The Munich period also included designs for tapestries for the carpet manufactory founded in Munich in 1604. These drawings were engraved in copper by G. Amling and J. A. Zimmermann. The Salzburg University Library owns signed sheets (P. Cand. pinxit).

Candid also designed two portals and a Madonna at the front of the Munich Residenz, the fountain with the statue of Otto von Wittelsbach in the front courtyard of the Residenz, the funeral monument of Emperor Ludwig in the Frauenkirche and the Madonna on the Mariensäule in Munich.

Peter Candid has also painted numerous wall and ceiling paintings in the Old Palace Schleißheim as well as a series of altarpieces for churches in Munich, Freising, Augsburg and other places, among which the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in the Frauenkirche in Munich is considered the most important.

In Munich-Giesing a section of the Mittlerer Ring is named after him: Candidstraße, Candidbrücke and Candidtunnel. This also concerns the Candidplatz with the underground station of the same name.

His bust was placed in the Hall of Fame in Munich.