Cosmas Damian Asam

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Cosmas Damian Asam in front of ceiling fresco inside Weltenburg Abbey
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. Born in Benediktbeuern, he moved to Rome in 1711 to study at the Accademia di San Luca with Carlo Maratta. There, he could see the fresco Ascent of Christ by Melozzo da Forlì in the Basilica Santi Apostoli. Melozzo's innovative techniques of foreshortening influenced Asam's works. In 1713 Asam won the Academy's first prize for his drawing of Miracle of Saint Pio. He worked with his brother Egid Quirin and their joint projects are often attributed to the "Asam Brothers". These include the Asam Church in Munich and Innsbruck Cathedral. 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. 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)