Koch, Joseph Anton
Joseph Anton Koch. Engraving by K. Küchler, 1836.
Koch, Joseph Anton, b. Obergiblen, municipality of Elbigenalp (Tyrol), July 27, 1768, d. Rome (Italy), Jan. 12, 1839, painter of historical paintings and landscapes and of religious and mythological themes. Apprenticeship in wood carving in Augsburg, from 1785 further training in Stuttgart, went to Strasbourg in 1791. Walking tours through the Bernese Oberland to Florence, Naples and Rome, where he met his friends A. J. Carstens und B. Thorwaldsen. 1812-1815 worked in Vienna, then returned to Rome, where he had considerable influence on the landscape painting of the Nazarenes. Assisted in painting the frescoes at the Villa Massimo in Rome 1825-1828.
Literature: O. v. Lutterotti, J. A. K., 21985 (with work index); C. v. Holst (ed.), J. A. K. - Ansichten der Natur, exhibition catalogue, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 1989; M. Kraph, J. A. K. Zu seinen Einsichten in die Kunst, 1994; NDB.