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Johann Heinrich Schönfeld

(1609 Biberach an der Riß – 1682/83 Augsburg)

Johann Heinrich Schönfeld is considered one of the outstanding artistic figures in the period of German Baroque. The many years he spent in Italy, where he stayed in both Rome and Naples, meant that his works enjoyed great esteem far beyond the borders of Germany. In 1652 Schönfeld settled in Augsburg, one of the main artistic centres in southern Germany, where he not only made paintings but also produced a series of etchings. In order to make his paintings better known he had them reproduced by capable etchers and engravers such as Georg Andreas Wolfgang, Anton Joseph Prenner and Gabriel Ehinger.