HEINTZ, Swiss family of artists of Italian descent
The stone mason, sculptor and architect Daniel Heintz I worked as foreman and master builder on the minsters of Basle and Berne. His son Joseph Heintz the Elder, the most important representative of the family, worked mainly as a painter, executing religious works and portraits, but in the last years of his life undertook architectural commissions. His brother Daniel Heintz II succeeded their father as municipal master builder in Berne and also designed and directed work on buildings throughout Calvinist Switzerland. In contrast, Joseph Heintz the Younger, son of Joseph Heintz the Elder, used his talents as a painter in the service of the Counter-Reformation, though he is best known for his depictions of Venetian festivities and ceremonies. His son Daniel Heintz III (1640–1709) also worked in Venice, as did his daughter Regina Heintz (c. 1646–before 1709), to whom no works have been definitely attributed.