Danube School is a controversial term for a circle of painters of the first third of the 16th century who were active in Bavaria and the northern part of Austria (i.e. along the Danube). The term school is misleading, as the majority of the artists counted in it never had a teacher-pupil relationship with each other. Their grouping together under this collective term was rather based on the stylistic features they had in common. The Danube School is usually regarded as a link between the late Gothic and the Renaissance.
Albrecht Altdorfer and Wolf Huber are usually regarded as the main representatives.
Other representatives are, for example, Hans Pruckendorfer, Rueland Frueauf the Younger, the early Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jörg Breu the Elder, Erhard Altdorfer, Michael Ostendorfer, Georg Lemberger, the Historia Master, the Master of Mühldorf, the Master of the Miracles of Mariazell, the Master of the Pulkau Altar and Nikolaus Kirberger. In the field of carving, for example, Augustin Hirschvogel, and in the field of graphic art, Master IP is close to the Danube School.
Apart from Regensburg and Passau, their places of activity are Vienna and some Austrian monasteries such as Melk and Sankt Florian.