UNKNOWN MASTER, German
(active after 1707 in Westphalia)

Tomb of Prince-Bishop Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg

begun 1707
Marble and alabaster
Cathedral, Münster

Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg (1644-1706) became Prince-Bishop of Münster in 1688. His tomb was begun in 1707 after his death by the Gröninger family, a family of sculptors active over several generations in Westphalia. It was the work of Johann Mauritz Gröninger (c. 1650-1707) and his son Johann Wilhelm Gröninger (c. 1675-1724). They were assisted by Gottfried Laurenz Pictorius, member of a family of architects.

In this work the flamboyance of Italian Baroque is considerably reduced, possibly because of the father's training in Flanders.




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