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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). This is the first of four versions, the last of which (1824) is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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