Franz Anton von Zauner

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Franz Anton von Zauner
Portrait of Franz Anton von Zauner on the outside facade of the Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum

Franz Anton Zauner , from 1807 Franz Anton Zauner Edler von Falpetan (born July 5, 1746 in Unterfalpetan, Kaunerberg , Tyrol; †  March 3, 1822 in Vienna ) was an Austrian sculptor and representative of early classicism as the successor to Georg Raphael Donner .


Zauner studied in Vienna, became a teacher in 1781, professor and councilor of the Vienna Academy in 1796 and director of the painting and sculpting class in 1806. On September 1, 1784, he was accepted into the Masonic lodge “ To the true harmony ” and, according to the Masonic patent, joined the lodge “To the truth”.

Equestrian statue of Joseph II on Josefsplatz in Vienna

His main works are the equestrian statue of Joseph II , for which in 1807 Emperor Franz I awarded him the nobility as " Edler von Falpetan", and the cenotaph of Leopold II in the Augustinian Church in Vienna. He also created the tomb of Field Marshal Laudon in Hadersdorf . Zauner worked particularly against the mannered being in the sculpture of his time and tried to initiate a deeper study of antiquity.

He was buried in the Catholic cemetery in Vienna - Matzleinsdorf (today: Waldmüllerpark ).

In 1894, the Zaunergasse in Vienna- Landstrasse (3rd district) was named after him.

Portal of the Palais Pallavicini on Josefsplatz in Vienna with four
caryatids designed by Franz Anton von Zauner


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