Stadtarchiv Nürnberg, E29/III, 258, fol.82r
Anton II. Tucher and Anna Reich, Miniature in the "Großes Tucherbuch", 1590–1606
The "Großes Tucherbuch" shows on fol. 82r "Anthoni Tucher der ander" – Anton II Tucher (1457/58-1524) with his wife Anna Reich (c. 1458-1493). It is known that Anton II first worked as a merchant, among others places in Venice. After the death of his father Anton I, he followed the call to the Nuremberg council in 1477, where he held the most important offices from then on. In 1507 he finally received the highest office of the imperial city and became Vorderster Losunger. At the same time he was the guardian of ecclesiastical institutions, among them St. Sebald.
Anton II showed an interest in Lutheran doctrine, but endowed according to the old church tradition. This did not represent a contradiction throughout his life. One of the most important endowments is the Angelical Salutation in the parish church of St. Lorenz, commissioned to Veit Stoß in 1517. The work not only fulfilled the function of private salvation. Its size and visibility ensured public representation befitting the status at the same time. The huge costs are noted precisely in the Tucherbuch (593 gulden). The patrician is also praised for his outstanding career, his excellent reputation and for his impeccable, virtuous behaviour.
Anton II is depicted in expensive clothes (black bonnet, Morroco leather gloves), which corresponded to his social position. In terms of the genealogical books of the time, which legitimised and represented the status of the family, Anton II was one of the most important Tuchers.