Christian Jorhan the Elder (1727 - 1804)

St John the Evangelist

Christian Jorhan the Elder, St John the Evangelist, Landshut, ca. 1770
Christian Jorhan the Elder, St John the Evangelist, Landshut, ca. 1770

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St Matthew the Evangelist

Christian Jorhan the Elder, St Matthew the Evangelist, Landshut, ca. 1770
Christian Jorhan the Elder, St Matthew the Evangelist, Landshut, ca. 1770

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Christian Jorhan the Elder

1727 - 1804

After apprenticing with his father, the woodcarver Wenzel Jorhan (ca. 1695–1752) – who had immigrated from Bohemia in 1720 – Christian Jorhan’s journeyman years took him to Riedlingen, where he worked with Johann Joseph Christian, and then to Munich, where Johann Baptist Straub was a formative influence on him. In 1747/48 he stayed with Ignaz Günther in Salzburg and was subsequently active in Augsburg until 1751. His most important works were carried out in Landshut, where he settled in 1755. His substantial oeuvre includes altars in several churches in Lower Bavaria.

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