Artworks Catalogue

Steingaden St John Baptist memorials for Welf IV and his son view to the highaltar  Bavarian State Department for Monuments and Sites photo Michael Forstner 11_2017
Steingaden St John Baptist memorial for Welf IV  Bavarian State Department for Monuments and Sites photo Michael Forstner 11_2017
Steingaden St John Baptist memorial for Welf VII Bavarian State Department for Monuments and Sites photo Michael Forstner 11_2017

Location

Germany, Bavaria, Steingaden

Parish church of St John Baptist (Pfarrkirche St. Johannes Baptist)

Artwork

St John Baptist two memorials for duke Welf IV and his son in Steingaden

Type

Sculpture

Critical History

Lippert lists the memorials under "Steinbach" no. 56. 1 Volk dates them in 1747. He presumes that the abbey Marian II. Mayr gave in 1747 (600 anniversary of the foundation of the Praemonstratenser monastery) the order to remove the tomb from the church and replace it with the memorial stones or kenotaphs. The form of the reliefs refers probably to the tomb of 1528.2

Construction / Execution

Volk states that the epitaphs consist of stone an a gilded lead-cast for the reliefs and the decoration.2

The memorials are applied on two opposite pillars of the nave. Their basic form consists of a curved frame with a relief and a console with a cartouche where is written who is the above presented person. The decoration is flipped vertically. A putto is keeping a curtain in his hand and lifting the other hand. In one corner of the frame the coat of arms is presented. The duke and his son are dressed in full armour. The form of the armament looks like those of the beginning 16th century. Welf VI holds in his hand a model of the church St John Baptist whereas his son holds a model of the complete monastery. Above both persons St John Baptist is floating in the sky.

Images

  1. Steingaden St John Baptist memorials for Welf IV and his son view to the highaltar Bavarian State Department for Monuments and Sites photo Michael Forstner 11_2017
  2. Steingaden St John Baptist memorial for Welf IV Bavarian State Department for Monuments and Sites photo Michael Forstner 11_2017
  3. Steingaden St John Baptist memorial for Welf VII Bavarian State Department for Monuments and Sites photo Michael Forstner 11_2017

Catalogue entry prepared by Rupert Karbacher

Recommended citation: Rupert Karbacher, St John Baptist two memorials for duke Welf IV and his son in Steingaden, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 25/05/2018) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Johann Caspar Lippert, Kurzgefaßte Nachricht von dem churbaierischen ersten Hofbildhauer Herrn Johannes Straub, in: Augsburgisches monatliches Kunstblatt. Kunstzeitung der kaiserlichen Akademie zu Augsburg, 1772, 53–64
  2. Carola Giedion-Welcker, Bayerische Rokokoplastik, J. B. Straub und seine Stellung in Landschaft und Zeit, München, O. C. Recht Verlag, 1922, 22f.
  3. Norbert Lieb, Johann Baptist Straub, in: Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, 32, Ulrich Thieme, Felix Becker, Hans Vollmer (ed.), Leipzig , 1938, 162–167
  4. Peter Steiner, Münchner Kunsthistorische Abhandlungen, VI, München und Zürich, Verlag Schnell & Steiner, 1974
  5. Peter Steiner, Johann Baptist Straub (Münchner kunsthistorische Abhandlungen, VI), München und Zürich, Verlag Schnell & Steiner, 1974
  6. Peter Volk, Johann Baptist Straub 1704–1784, München, Hirmer Verlag, 1984

Notes

1 Lippert 1772 p. 62

2 Volk 1984 p. 203