Johann Philipp Anton von und zu Frankenstein

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Johann Philipp Anton von und zu Frankenstein
Prince-Bishop of Frankenstein with coat of arms

Baron Johann Philipp Anton von und zu Frankenstein (born March 27, 1695 in Forchheim ; † June 3, 1753 in Bamberg ) was Bamberg's Prince-Bishop from 1746 to 1753.


Johann Philipp Anton came from the noble family von Frankenstein and was a son of the high ducal superior in Würzburg, Johannes Freiherr von und zu Frankenstein and his wife Maria Margareta Freiin von Eyb .

The prince-bishops Johann Karl von Frankenstein (Worms), Johann Martin von Eyb (Eichstätt) and Marquard Sebastian Schenk von Stauffenberg (Bamberg) were his great uncles.


From 1711 he attended the Kollegium Germanicum in Rome, undertook extensive educational trips and in 1719 became the Bamberg cathedral capitular , and soon also canons in Würzburg and Mainz . On September 22nd, 1736, Johann Philipp Anton von Frankenstein was ordained a priest by Bishop Friedrich Karl von Schönborn-Buchheim ; he celebrated his primacy on October 30th in Ullstadt . As canon of Mainz, he participated in a dalmatic in 1742 at the coronation of Emperor Charles VII in Frankfurt Cathedral , where he carried the cross of the crowning archbishop. From 1743 on, Frankenstein officiated as vicar general in the Archdiocese of Mainz .

On September 26, 1746, he was elected Bishop of Bamberg, and he received episcopal ordination on March 23, 1749 from Bamberg's auxiliary bishop Heinrich Joseph von Nitschke.

The historian Dieter Joachim Weiß writes about him: “Johann Philipp Anton was characterized by an open eye for political realities. As prince-bishop he reached an agreement with his cathedral chapter and was able to settle centuries-old disputes. "

Letters from his Roman times that were published in the Würzburg diocesan history sheets have survived.

In 1748 Johann Philipp Anton von Frankenstein appointed Ferdinand Dietz, an artist he valued, as his court sculptor. He also brought the painter Giuseppe Appiani to Bamberg and commissioned him to produce a large ceiling fresco in the White Hall of Seehof Castle . He also sponsored the composer Johann Jakob Schnell (1687–1754), who dedicated one of his better-known works to him.

Frankenstein was buried in Bamberg Cathedral ; his grave monument has been in the Michaelskirche in Bamberg since 1838 .



Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Würzburger Diözesangeschichtsblätter , 1954, p. 280; (Detail scan)
  2. ^ The new European Fama , 1742, p. 764; (Digital scan)
  3. ibid., Volume 133, 1746, p. 345 and 491-492 (digital scan )
  4. data page at
  5. ^ Newspaper article about the Frankenstein family. ( Memento from September 4, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) In: Bayernkurier , November 3, 2012
  6. How to find the published letters
  7. ^ Biographical document on Ferdinand Dietz. (PDF)
  8. ^ Website of Seehof Castle. ( Memento of the original from September 4, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. ^ Biographical website on Johann Jakob Schnell
predecessor Office successor
Friedrich Karl von Schönborn-Buchheim Prince-Bishop of Bamberg
Franz Konrad von Stadion and Thannhausen