Franz Stadler (? - 1773)
Model of an Altar with the Assumption of the Virgin
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? - 1773
Stadler and his workshop provided the furnishings for numerous churches in the Mühlviertel and Innviertel districts as well as Lower Bavaria. He received his earliest known commission in 1731. From then on – until 1766 – he was granted numerous commissions for high altars, pulpits, baptismal fonts and the like in rapid succession. Although an extensive Stadler oeuvre spanning more than thirty years has survived in Upper Austria and Lower Bavaria, scholars know very little about the master himself and his career.
Stadler referred to himself in a letter as “Bürgers Bildthauer zu Neufeldten”, indicating that he was a member of the Neufelden town council. In 1771 he had the tower of the parish church there built to completion at his own expense, and in his native town he owned a triaxial house with a curved gable – all signs of the considerable wealth his work had bestowed upon him. Following his death in 1773, his widow married her husband’s former employee Antony Andres of Hall in Tyrol.