Johann Michael Rottmayr

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Johann Michael Rottmayr
Portrait Johann Michael Rottmayr.jpg
Rottmayr (Autoportrait)
Born (1656-12-11)December 11, 1656
Laufen an der Salzach
Died October 25, 1730(1730-10-25) (aged 73)
Mougins, France
Nationality Austrian
Education Johann Carl Loth
Known for Painting
Movement Baroque

Johann Michael Rottmayr (December 11, 1656 – October 25, 1730), was an Austrian painter. He was the first notable baroque painter north of Italy.

Rottmayr was born in Laufen an der Salzach, Salzburg, now Germany. Along with his Laufen born contemporary, Hans Adam Weissenkircher, he received his education from Johann Carl Loth in Venice. Just as Weissenkircher had brought the Italian Renaissance to the southern Alps and the court of the Princes of Eggenberg in Graz, Rottmayr brought it north of the Alps and from 1689 onwards worked in Salzburg, where he was employed as the general painter of the Prince-Bishop of Salzburg.

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Melk Abbey commemorative coin featuring a painting of Johann Michael

Johann Michael Rottmayr painted the inside of the central dome of the Melk Abbey. This particular painting was recently selected as the main motif of a very high value collectors' coin: the Austrian Melk Abbey commemorative coin, minted on April 18, 2007. The reverse side gives a view up into the central dome of the church, with its typical vision of heaven.

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