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Joseph Anton Koch

Born: Obergiblen, Tyrol, 27 July 1768
Died: Rome, 12 January 1839
Nationality: Austrian

with Philipp Friedrich von Hetsch and Adolf Friedrich Herper at Hohe Karlsschule, Stuttgart (1785-91)


1794 – Dr George Nott funds study in Italy

1795 –affiliates with Bertil Thorvaldsen and German/Scandinavian artists

1810 – commissioned to engrave three plates for August von Humboldt’s Atlas pittoresque (1810)

1825 – works with Nazarene painters on fresco cycle in Villa Massimo, Rome

1834 – publishes Moderne Künstchronik (Modern Art Chronicle, Karlsruhe)


frequent sketching trips to Switzerland and Alps (1791-94); Rome (1795-1812, 1815-39); Vienna (1812-15)

Important Artworks: 

Heroic Landscape with Rainbow, 1805 (Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe)

Schamadribach Waterfall, 1805-11 (Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig)