Georg Raphael Donner (1693 - 1741)
Georg Raphael Donner, Apollo, Vienna, ca. 1725
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Georg Raphael Donner
1693 - 1741
Donner was initially trained as a goldsmith but then studied sculpting under the Venetian artist Giovanni Giuliani. He followed his teacher to Heiligenkreuz near Vienna and worked from 1725 to 1728 in Salzburg, where he produced the famous sculptures adorning the staircase of Mirabell Palace. As court sculptor to Prince-Bishop Emmerich Count Esterházy, he lived in Pressburg from 1728 to 1739 and then returned to Vienna. Among Donner’s most important works are the altar and the kneeling figure of the prince-bishop in Elemosynarius Chapel as well as the group of Saint Martin and the beggar in Pressburg Cathedral, the Mehlmarkt fountain in Vienna and the group of mourners in Gurk Cathedral. He executed numerous small lead sculptures, casts of which were often carried out by his brother, Matthäus Donner.
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