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Balthasar Permoser

Sculptor. Born in what is today Traunstein, Bavaria, he apprenticed at the studio of Wolf Weissenkirchner the Younger, in Salzburg, Austria. He then moved to Vienna for further study, then to Florence where he studied with Giovanni Battisto Foggini, remaining with him for fourteen years. Cosimo III de Medici offered him the position of Court Sculptor, which he refused. In 1689, he traveled to Dresden, where he became Court Sculptor to Johann Georg III, Elector of Saxony, and created two colossal garden sculptures of Hercules. He contributed work to the Hofstallung in Salzburg and to the Zwinger Palace of Augustus, Elector of Saxony. Other work includes Apollo (1715); Apotheosis of Prince Eugene (1718); two polychrome wood carvings of St Ambrose and St Augustine (1725); a colored marble, Damned Soul (1715); some small-scale works in collaboration with a court jeweler such as Moor Presenting the Wealth of the New World (1720); a work in marble,The Curse (c. 1722) and the Nymphenbad for a fountain in Dresden. He was responsible for numerous models for the royal Meissen porcelain and stoneware factory. He also created sculpture for the wall-tomb of Sophie of Saxony in Freiberg Cathedral, and and a pulpit sculpted for the chapel of Elector Augustus, now in the Hofkirche. Art historians have suggested that his work demonstrated an expressiveness that bordered on the grotesque, and a lightness of form giving the impression that the figures had simply emerged from stone.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6821409
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Balthasar Permoser (13 Aug 1651–20 Feb 1732), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6821409, citing Old Catholic Cemetery, Dresden, Dresdener Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .