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Zauner, Franz Anton von#

b. Unterfalpetan (municipality of Kaunertal, Tyrol), July 5, 1746, d. Vienna, March 3, 1822, most important Austrian classicist sculptor. Worked in Vienna from 1766, his first works imitated the style of G. R. Donner (Neptunbrunnen in Schoenbrunn, 1775), during his stay in Rome (1776-1781, with F. H. Fueger) he turned to a purified classicist style which is similar to the style of Roman antiquity; from 1782 Professor at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and 1806-1815 director of this institution. With his main work, the equestrian statue of Joseph II (according to a design by Fueger, 1795-1806, Josefsplatz in Vienna), he revived the bronze casting technique in Austria which had been replaced by lead casting.P>

Further works#

monuments: Count Fries, Bad Voeslau, 1793-1795; Leopold II, Georgskapelle chapel of Augustinerkirche church in Vienna, 1806. - Busts, tombs.

Literature#

H. Burg, Der Bildhauer F. A. Z. und seine Zeit, 1915; Klassizismus in Wien, exhibition catalogue, Vienna 1978.