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Amorbach Abbey, Amorbach: detail of the ceiling fresco depicting St Benedict

RIBA Ref No RIBA114920
Architect/DesignerGunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
Artist/PhotographerValinsky, David
Subject Date1747
Image Date2017
MediumDigital image
Library ReferenceValinsky 20170831 Amorbach Abteikirche-34
Colour InfoColour
CreditDavid Valinsky / RIBA Collections
SubjectChurches ; Frescoes ; Decorative plasterwork ; Abbeys ; Ceilings
NOTES: The abbey was founded in the 8th century, but the majority of the buildings date from the 18th century when the Abteikirche was built (1742-1744), incorporating the two earlier six-storied west towers (12th century). Further extensive construction and decoration was undertaken in the 1780s, including in 1782 the installation of what was at the time the biggest organ in the world. Much of the interior decoration was carried out by members of the Wessobrunner School, a group of Baroque stucco-workers that developed in the Benedictine Wessobrunn Abbey in Bavaria from the beginning at the end of the 17th century and exerted considerable influence on the art of south Germany in the 18th century. The high altar and ceiling frescoes were painted by Matthaus Gunter between 1742-1747.

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