Franz Xaver Schmädl

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Franz Xaver Schmädl , Franz Schmottel, (* 1. November 1705 in Oberstdorf , † 16 July 1777 in Weilheim ) was a German sculptor of the rococo .

Franz Xaver Schmädl learned in Dillingen an der Donau and Augsburg or Munich before settling in Weilheim at the age of 27, where he worked from then on. At first he worked in the workshop of the Weilheim sculptor Martin Dürr , before he gained citizenship through the marriage of the widow after his death and took over his workshop. In addition, Schmädl was councilor from 1752 to 1754 and then fourth mayor in Weilheim. Because of his tax arrears, the city took action against him in 1774. Numerous parish churches in the Pfaffenwinkel are furnished with works by Schmädl. In 1758 Schmädl's design for the high altar of the parish church of Schongau was accepted, which had adopted numerous motifs from the design of his Munich competitor Ignaz Günther .

The combination of the courtly rococo style with rustic, coarse traits is characteristic of Schmädl's works. He avoided the decorative path of the Wessobrunn school . His late work shows clear classical traits.

Works (selection)

Saint Nepomuk in the parish church of the Birth of Mary in Rottenbuch


  • Paul Grotemeyer : Franz Xaver Schmädl. A Bavarian sculptor of the 18th century. Schrödl, Munich 1928.
  • Heinrich Zirkel: History of the Oberstdorf market. Part 3. Hofmann, Oberstdorf, 1976.

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