and Egid, sons of the Bavarian painter Hans Georg (1649—1711), were church decorators and designers in whose
work S. German Baroque achieved its zenith.
(1686—1739) was a painter and architect of the monastic church of
Weltenburg (1717—21). In his painting illusionism is carried to its
furthest extremes, e.g. his frescoes in the church of Maria Viktoria,
Ingolstadt (1736), and the Alteglofsheim Palace in Brevnov (1730). His use
of light colours tends to the style of Rococo. Like his brother he held
high positions in S. German courts. Egid Qturin (1692—1750) was
stucco-worker, sculptor and architect; his churches include the collegiate
church at Rohr (1718—25) and St Johann Nepomuk (called the Asam) church,
Munich (1733-c 1750), although Cosmas may have helped in the latter. All
his sculpture of any importance is designed for churches and his best
works are his altarpieces, e.g. the Assumption of the Virgin at
Rohr and the St George at Weltenburg. The brothers worked in such
harmony that it is usually difficult to distinguish their work. They were
employed to redecorate Romanesque or Gothic churches (as at Freising
cathedral, 1723/4, or St Emmeram's church, Regensburg) but their
masterpiece is the S. Johann Nepomuk church, Munich, where painting,
sculpture, stucco and architecture serve the illusive confusion of the
real and imaginary worlds (Baroque).
Cosmas Damian Asam Pentecost after 1720
Abbey Church, Aldersbach
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