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Amorbach Abbey, Amorbach: the pulpit

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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 during 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.

Amorbach Abbey, Amorbach: a glimpse of the organ

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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 during 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.

Amorbach Abbey, Amorbach: detail of the organ

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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 during 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.

Amorbach Abbey, Amorbach: looking towards the nave

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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 during 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.

Amorbach Abbey, Amorbach: the pulpt

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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 during 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.

Amorbach Abbey, Amorbach: the nave

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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 during 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.

Amorbach Abbey, Amorbach: the nave looking east

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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 during 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.

Amorbach Abbey, Amorbach: the nave ceiling

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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 during 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.

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

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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.

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

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Gunther, Matthaus (1705-1788)
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 during 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.

Studies after Michelangelo's Last Judgement and Parmigianino's Diogenes

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NOTES: This drawing is numbered VIII/10 verso in the Burlington-Devonshire Collection. It is attributed to Battista Franco and formed part of Lord Burlington's sequence of Palladio drawings and was used to design the fresco decoration of Palladio's Villa Foscari (La Malcontenta).

Sant'Andrea, Mantua: the space under the 'Ombrellone' behind the tympanum of the facade showing the painted ceiling coffering which can be seen from outside

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Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472)
NOTES: The church was begun in 1471 just before Alberti's death. It was completed by Luca Fancelli in 1494. It was enlarged in 1530 under the direction of Giulio Romano. This involved the demolition of the east end of the nave-only design to make way for the later Latin cross extension. Designs were drawn up by Filippo Juvarra for the addition of a dome in 1733, but the project was not completed until 1781 by Paolo Pozzo, who was also responsible for decorating the interior.
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