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Gottfried Traunfellner

1778–1811, Vienna

Precious little is known about the short life of the Viennese mezzotintist, Gottfried Traunfellner. He was the son of the respected landscape painter and academic drawing master, Jacob Traunfellner (1743–1800, Vienna). Gottfried studied at the Vienna Academy and received awards in the disciplines of drawing and mezzotint. From 1795 he created a small but artistically noteworthy oeuvre of mezzotints after works by Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Francesco Solimena as well as after models by contemporary artists like Heinrich Füger. His premature death clearly prevented him from achieving greater fame. Nagler, for instance, mentioned some of his works in the short biography of his father Jacob Traunfellner.