Innocent Anton Warathy

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Presumed self-portrait of Warathy in the ceiling fresco of the Guardian Angel Church in Burghausen from 1731

Innocent Anton Warathy (also appears as Warathi, Waräthy, Waräthi, Barath, Barati and other spellings) (* 1694 in Trens near Sterzing , † December 8, 1758 in Burghausen ) was a Baroque painter resident in Burghausen and from 1725 to his Death member of the city council.


The register of the parish of Stilfes , to which Warathy's place of birth belonged, names November 24th 1694 as his baptism date. Since children were baptized immediately after their birth at this time, this should also be Warathy's birthday. Warathy learned the painter's craft from his father Elias, who mainly worked as a barrel painter . It was considered that Warathy belonged to the workshop of Wolfgang Andreas Heindl for some time , as both worked for the Bavarian monastery of Metten around 1720 . As far as we know today, the frescoes in the Metten monastery library are Warathy's first independent work. After working in Metten, Warathy went to Burghausen , where he applied for one of the two painter justice after the death of the Burghaus painter Franz Josef Kamerloher. He presented a sample painting, which, according to the city council, was said to have been "pahsabl ... whether it was already faultless". He received civil rights and on October 24, 1724, married the daughter of the probationary administrator in Mattinghofen, Maria Cäcilia Mähninger. With her he had four daughters and a son. Two years later he acquired the house in den Grüben 153. From 1736 he was a member of the city's external council and one year later of its internal council. He later became city ​​governor . After the death of his wife in 1751, Warathy married his second wife Maria Franziska in the same year. Shortly before his death, he tried in vain to prevent the award of the second Burghausen painter justice to Johann Nepomuk della Croce in favor of his future son-in-law Johann Martin Seltenhorn. Warathy died on December 8, 1758. Seltenhorn then succeeded him.

According to Peter Becker, typical of Warathy's works are "distinctive, pronounced faces, often with strong noses, beautiful, but not in the sense of pretty, some with exaggerated, almost caricature-like physiognomies."


Ceiling fresco Maria Kunterweg
Ceiling fresco in the pilgrimage church of Our Lady in Großgmain


  • Ulrich Zangenfeind: Warathy (Warathi, Barati etc.), Innozenz Anton. In: Karl Bosl (ed.): Bosls Bavarian biography. Pustet, Regensburg 1983, ISBN 3-7917-0792-2 , p. 823 ( digitized version ).
  • Warathy, Innocent Anton . In: Hans Vollmer (Hrsg.): General lexicon of fine artists from antiquity to the present . Founded by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker . tape 35 : Libra-Wilhelmson . EA Seemann, Leipzig 1942, p. 157 .
  • Ernst Guldan: The baroque frescoes of the collegiate church Metten on the Danube . In: Bayer. State Office for Monument Preservation (ed.): Yearbook of Bavarian Monument Preservation . tape 27/28 , 1971, ISSN  0341-9150 , p. 127-156 .
  • Peter Becker: Senior Councilor, bourgeois painter and city governor - the Burghausen painter Innocentius Waräthi was born 300 years ago. In: Oettinger Land. 1994, pp. 240-266.
  • Peter Becker: Innozenz Anton Warathi - The painter of the auditorium frescoes. In: Dietmar Grypa , Wolfgang Gutfleisch (ed.): The Kurfürst-Maximilian-Gymnasium Burghausen. 1997, ISBN 3-00-002265-1 .

Web links

Commons : Innozenz Anton Warathy  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Georg Hager, Berthold Riehl, Gustav von Bezold, Harvard University: District Office Altötting . In: The art monuments of the Kingdom of Bavaria . tape 1 , part 3: The art monuments of the administrative region of Upper Bavaria. District offices Mühldorf, Altötting, Laufen, Berchtesgaden . Verlag der Vereinigte Kunstanstalten, Munich 1905, p. 2325 ( Textarchiv - Internet Archive ).
  2. The fresco painter. Accessed December 31, 2019 .
  3. Peter Becker: The Kurfürst-Maximilian-Gymnasium zu Burghausen: from the college of the Societas Jesu to the Royal Bavarian College . Ed .: Dietmar Grypa , Wolfgang Gutfleisch. Eichstätt 1997, ISBN 3-00-002265-1 .