Peter Anton von Verschaffelt
Verschaffelt designed, among other things in Mannheim, the high altar of the Jesuit church (Jesuitenkirche), the arsenal and the Bretzenheim Palace, as well as the church Wallfahrtskirche Mariä Himmelfahrt in Oggersheim (now part of Ludwigshafen).
Life and work
Verschaffelt was born in Ghent, Flanders, Belgium, as Pieter Antoon Verschaffelt. After his apprentice years in Ghent in the workshop of his grandfather, Verschaffelt worked in Brussels, Paris and, starting in 1737, in Rome. In 1748, he received the commission to replace the damaged statue of the archangel Michael on the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, although it wasn’t installed until 1753. In 1752 Verschaffelt moved to London. From there, he was appointed as a successor to the sculptor Paul Egell as court sculptor to Charles Theodore, Elector of the Palatinate, in Mannheim, Germany. Among his first tasks was the landscaping and statuary in the palace garden of Schwetzingen, for which he created the deer and the group of rivers, which are the key features of the park.
He died in Mannheim, Germany.
- This article is based in part on material from the German Wikipedia.
- Beisel, Edmund (1920) Ritter Peter Anton von Verschaffelt als Architekt Berlin
- Beringer, Joseph August (1902) Peter Anton von Verschaffelt. Sein Leben und Werk Strasbourg
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