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Das Churfürstliche Schloß Starenberg am Würmsee.

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Article ID EUD4200
Artist Wening (1645-1718)
Michael Wening was a Bavarian engraver who is known for his many depictions of important places in the Bavaria of his day, including cityscapes and views of stately homes, castles and monasteries. The work has great historical value. Michael Wening was born on 11 July 1645 in Nuremberg, Bavaria. Wening left Nuremberg in the spring of 1668, and is first mentioned in Munich in December 1669, where he applied for work at the court as an engraver. At this time he converted from the Protestant to the Catholic church, perhaps because it was very hard for non-Catholics to find work in Munich. He married Anna Maria Mörl on 27 January 1671, and was given a permanent residence permit for Munich. In 1672 Wening was working part-time at the court as a quartermaster, arranging receptions and travel, and increasingly being called an engraver in court orders. By 1675 he was being called "court engraver". In the years that followed Wening undertook small commissions for a number of clients. He founded a publishing company in the late 1670s and for ten years issued an illustrated calendar. In 1680 Wening made a copper engraving of the fireworks display for the 18th birthday of Max Emanuel, the Elector of Bavaria. He now began to receive regular orders, particularly for engravings to illustrate the Elector's war victories. He made numerous scenes of battles in the wars against the Ottoman Empire, which was trying to expand into Europe. These have considerable historical value. During the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714) Bavaria was occupied by the Austrians, a disaster for Wening as court engraver of the exiled Wittelsbachs, while the general economic difficulties meant that Wening got few private commissions. Despite this, Wening continued to undertake his most significant work at his own cost. In his last years he lived in extreme poverty.
Title Das Churfürstliche Schloß Starenberg am Würmsee.
Year ca. 1701
Description Starnberg- Decorative view of the royal castle in Starnberg near Munich. Showing the lake Starnberg in the foreground, with decorative off shore ships.
Starnberg Castle was created in the early modern period through the reconstruction of the high medieval castle complex of Starnberg (Starnberg district) in Upper Bavaria. The founding of the castle is assigned to the Counts of Andechs-Meranien and dates back to the 11th century. As a fortification, the castle is certainly older due to its strategic location. Starnberg Castle was first mentioned in 1244 as "Starnberch Castrum". The high medieval fortress was possibly built as a counter-castle to the nearby Karlsburg of the Wittelsbach family, which has been preserved as a castle stable a few kilometers north above the Mühltal near Leutstetten. In 1734, a large part of the now baroque palace was destroyed by fire, the remaining buildings slowly fell into disrepair. From 1803 the castle was used as an office building for the rent office and the forest office. 1969 to 1972 the castle was completely gutted and rebuilt.
Place of Publication Munich
Dimensions (cm)25 x 63 cm
ConditionPrinted on 2 sheets joined together, right margin extended
Coloringblack/white
TechniqueCopper print

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