Baroque and Beyond C. 1600–1850

Rococo and the Eighteenth Century

Who was Dominikus Zimmermann?

Dominikus Zimmermann (1685–1766) was a German architect from Bavaria, who is famous for his 1757 design of Die Weis, a Bavarian pilgrimage church whose name means “The Meadow.” Located in the foothills of the Alps, Die Weis is one of the best examples of rococo design in the eighteenth century. While the exterior of the church is relatively plain and simple, the church awes the visitor upon entering, evoking a feeling of Heaven. Overwhelmingly rich frescoes cover the walls and ceilings and blend in with sculpture and stucco decoration. Trained to work in stucco, Zimmerman designed other important eighteenth-century churches in Germany, including Wallfahrtskirche, the pilgrimage church in Steinhausen, and the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in Günzburg.


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