Philipp Dirr

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Philipp Dirr (also Philipp Thürr ) (* around 1582 in Weilheim , † 1633 in Freising ) was a German carpenter and sculptor .

Dirr was born the son of a craftsman. He first learned the Kistler and sculpting trade from Clement Petle (Petel), Georg Petel's father , in Weilheim, and in 1601 he went rolling . In 1611 Dirr came to Freising via Geisenfeld , where he presumably settled.

His first commission in Freising was to create the Annunciation altar in the chapel of the prince-bishop's residence in 1617 . With his work he won the trust of Freising Prince-Bishop Veit Adam . During the redesign of the Freising Cathedral in the Renaissance style, this Dirr entrusted numerous other commissions, including creating the lute angel and harp angel for the cathedral organ in 1622/23 and the high altar in 1625.

In the parish church of Mater Dolorosa on the Hohe Kreuz near Regensburg , parts of the Geisenfeld altar from the former Benedictine monastery in Geisenfeld (bust of God the Father and angel figures, around 1620) have been preserved.

He created sculptures on the high altar retable in Johanneck (municipality of Paunzhausen, district of Freising) in the Catholic branch church of the Assumption of Mary . His crucifixion group (1625) from the Freising Cathedral is also set up there.

Philipp Dirr was the great-great-uncle of the sculptors Johann Georg Dirr and Franz Anton Dirr.


  • Sigmund Benker: Philipp Dirr and the emergence of the baroque in Bavaria. 1958.
  • Herbert Schindler : Great Bavarian Art History. Volume 2. Süddeutscher Verlag, Munich 1963, without ISBN, p. 139, with illus. P. 132

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