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Georg Christian Eimmart the Younger

1638 Regensburg – 1704 Nuremberg

Georg Eimmart came from a southern German family of artists and was a man of extremely versatile talent. He trained as a painter and engraver with Joachim von Sandrart and also distinguished himself by producing scientific publications in the field of mathematics and astronomy. From 1658 Eimmart was active as an artist in Regensburg and Nuremberg, where he was appointed co-director (together with Sandrart) of the newly founded painting academy in 1674. He was to retain his ties with the Franconian capital until he died. Evidently his reputation as a scientist – Eimmart published numerous astronomical writings, designed scientific instruments and ran his own observatory – overshadowed his reputation as an artist, for in the Nuremberg register of deaths he is mentioned merely as "mathematicus". Nevertheless his printed work is very extensive.