(b. 1648, Cles, d. 1708, Wien)


Austrian sculptor, architect, and engineer, ennobled as Baron von Strudel and Vochburg. He was the son of a sculptor working in Cles in Tyrol. He studied with his father and with Johann Karl Loth in Venice. In 1684, he came to Vienna, where he made three statues for the Prince of Liechtenstein.

In 1686 he was employed at the Hofburg court. Here he followed the style of Gian Lorenzo Bernini and cooperated mostly with his brother Peter Strudel (1660-1714).

The most important works of Paul Strudel are the large statues from white marble for the ancestor gallery of the Habsburgs. In 1696, he received the order from Emperor Leopold I, on the condition to deliver, every three years, two figures. Up to his death, he had delivered 16 figures: the remaining 15 (of the total 31) statues were created by his younger brother.

Strudel was responsible for overseeing the design and construction of Vienna's Plague Column from 1686 until its completion in 1693. He was also commissioned by the prince of Liechtenstein, Prince-Bishop Karl Eusebius von Liechtenstein, to create some monumental statues for his Moravian palaces in Valtice and Lednice.

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