Cosmas Damian Asam

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Cosmas Damian Asam
Cosmas Damian Asam in front of ceiling fresco inside Weltenburg Abbey
Born (1686-09-29)September 29, 1686
Died May 10, 1739(1739-05-10) (aged 52)
Nationality German
Style Baroque
Interior of the Asamkirche in Munich

Cosmas Damian Asam (September 29, 1686 – May 10, 1739) was a German painter and architect during the late Baroque period.[1] Born in Benediktbeuern, he lived in Rome from 1711-13 to study at the Accademia di San Luca with Carlo Maratta.[1] In 1713 Asam won the Academy's first prize for his drawing of Miracle of Saint Pio.[1] In Germany, he worked with his brother Egid Quirin, a sculptor and stucco worker, on building and decorating entirely new churches (such as the Asam Church in Munich) or redesigning churches in the Baroque style (RegensburgBenedictine Monastery Church of St. Emmeram).[1] Their joint projects are often attributed to the "Asam Brothers". Cosmas Damian died in Munich.

Major works[edit]

Window over the high altar in the Asamkirche
Triumph of Apollo on ceiling of the Schloss (castle) in Alteglofsheim near Regensburg (1730)
Ceiling painting showing the Triumph of Benedict of Nursia in Weingarten Abbey

The Asam Brothers, singularly and together, were very prolific artists. They typically worked for Benedictine monasteries, though they occasionally took secular commissions.[1] Cosmas Damian's altar depicting The Vision of St. Benedict in WeltenburgMonastery Church of St. George and St. Martin is thought to be the first realistic depiction of a solar eclipse in Western art history.[2] Some of the major works of Cosmas Damian are the following.




  • Innsbruck—Dom zu St. Jakob (Innsbruck Cathedral) (ceiling frescoes on the life of St. James) (1722–1723)
  • Innsbruck—Landtagssaal (State Parliament Hall) in the Alte Landhaus (ceiling and wall frescoes) (1725–1728)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Asam, Cosmas Damian.". Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon. K. G. Saur. 2016. Retrieved 2016-09-06. 
  2. ^ Olson, R. J. M. & Pasachoff, J. M. (2011). "Blinded by the Light: Solar Eclipses in Art-Science, Symbolism, and Spectacle". The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System. Retrieved 2016-09-06.