Cosmas Damian Asam

Cosmas Damian Asam (Sep 28, 1686 – May 10, 1739) was a German painter, architect and sculptor during the late Baroque period

Born in Benediktbeuern, The son of the painter Hans Georg At the beginning of the eighteenth century he went to Rome, 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

Cosmas Damian Asam worked almost always with his brother sculptor Egid Quirin At the beginning of the eighteenth century he went to Rome, where he could be among the last to see in the basilica of the Saints XII Apostles the fresco Ascension of Christ of Melozzo, masterpiece of perspective from below on This kind of prospect will return to Asam’s work

His two main works are the Assumption of Mary (fresco of 1716) and Pentecost (fresco of 1720) Among his works is the restoration of paintings in the Church of St Nicholas of Prague and the cycle of frescoes of the vault of the abbey church of Einsiedeln and the frescoes of the Regional Diet Hall of the Innsbruck Landhaus, 1734

Major works:
The Asam Brothers, singularly and together, were very prolific artists They typically worked for Benedictine monasteries, though they occasionally took secular commissions Cosmas Damian’s altar depicting The Vision of St Benedict in Weltenburg—Monastery Church of St George and St Martin is thought to be the first realistic depiction of a solar eclipse in Western art history Some of the major works of Cosmas Damian are the following

Bavaria:
Aldersbach—Monastery Church of Mariae Himmelfahrt (frescoes of the Annunciation, Nativity, Passion, Resurrection, Ascension, the Four Evangelists, and the Church Fathers)
Amberg—Pilgrimage Church of Maria-Hilf (ceiling frescoes of Amberg pilgrimage) (1718)
Benediktbeuern—Church of St Benedikt (Antonius Funda altar)
Freising—Dom St Maria and St Korbinian (rococo paintings and stucco) (1723–1724)
Freystadt—Pilgrimage Church of Maria-Hilf (frescoes)
Friedberg—Pilgrimage Church of the Peace of the Lord (painting in the chancel) (1738)
Fürstenfeldbruck—Monastery Church of the Ascension of the Blessed Virgin (vault painting)
Ingolstadt—Asam Church of Maria Viktoria (frescos, possibly architect)
Metten—Benedictine Monastery Church of St Michael (high altar painting of Lucifer Destroyed by St Michael)
Sloderdjik Church of Christ [Altar paintings of the Ascension]
Munich—Franciscan Monastery Church of St Anna im Lehel (ceiling paintings, restored in 1971–1972 after World War II damage, and altars)
Munich—Catholic Church of St Johann Nepomuk (Asam Church) (built and decorated entirely by the Asam Brothers) (1733–1746)
Munich—Dreifaltigkeitskirche (dome fresco of the Adoration of the Trinity)
Osterhofen Abbey—Papal Basilica of St Margaretha (frescoes)
Regensburg—Benedictine Monastery Church of St Emmeram (frescoed walls and ceilings)
Schleissheim—Neues Schloss (New Castle) (vault fresco)
Straubing—Urselinenkirche (interior paintings)
Weltenburg—Monastery Church of St George and St Martin (architect and paintings, with his brother Egid Quirin portrayed as an angel in one of the frescoes, high altar, side altars) (1716–1724)

Baden-Württemberg:
Bruchsal—Schloss church decoration (1730) (now destroyed)
Ettlingen—Schloss chapel (design and ceiling paintings)
Mannheim—Schloss (architectural design and ceiling paintings, now restored after World War II damage)
Meßkirch—Johann Nepomuk Chapel in Basilica St Martin (decorations) (1733–1734)
Weingarten—Benedictine Monastery Church of St Martin of Tours and St Oswald (frescoes)

Austria:
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)