Franz Anton Maulbertsch

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Franz Anton Maulbertsch
Franz Anton Maulbertsch
Franz Anton Maulbertsch by Martin Johann Schmidt
Born7 June 1724 (1724-06-07)
Died8 August 1796 (1796-08-09) (aged 72)
OccupationAustrian artist

Franz Anton Maulbertsch (7 June 1724 – 8 August 1796) was an Austrian painter and engraver, one of the most renowned exponents of roccoco painting in the German region.

Maulbertsch was born in Langenargen and studied in the Academy of Vienna. Through the knowledge of Paul Troger, he was influenced by the Venetian painters Piazzetta and Giovanni Battista Pittoni. He also studied the frescoes by Sebastiano Ricci in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, and frequented Giambattista Tiepolo, who was active in Würzburg starting from 1750.

An appreciated frescoer, he received numerous commissions, mostly of ecclesiastical theme. He produced art for churches in Bicske, Kalocsa, Vienna’s Michaelerkirche and Piaristenkirche Maria Treu. He also decorated the Porta Coeli in Moravia, the Kroměříž Archbishop's Palace and the villa of Halbturn.

He also painted a portrait of Narcissus of Jerusalem.[1]

He died at Vienna in 1796.



  1. ^ Giorgi, Rosa (2006). Saints: A Year in Faith and Art. Harry N. Abrams.


  • Kaufmann, Thomas (2005). Painterly Enlightenment: The Art of Franz Anton Maulbertsch (1724–1796). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-2956-1.