Johann Michael Fischer

A statue of Johann Michael Fischer in Burglengenfeld commemorates his birthplace

Johann Michael Fischer (18 February 1692 – 6 May 1766) was a German architect in the late Baroque period.[1]

Fischer was born in Burglengenfeld, Upper Palatinate. He is a major representative of south German Baroque architects. He studied in Bohemia and combined Bohemian elements with Bavarian Baroque traditions. He often co-operated with the most gifted Bavarian artists of his time, such as Cosmas Damian Asam and Egid Quirin Asam, Johann Joseph Christian, Johann Michael Feuchtmayer, Matthäus Günther, Ignaz Günther, Franz Joseph Spiegler, Johann Baptist Straub, and Johann Baptist Zimmermann.

Fischer died, aged 74, in Munich, and is buried in the Munich Frauenkirche.

Main Works

The façade of Ottobeuren Abbey
Exterior of Zwiefalten Abbey

Fischer designed 32 churches and 23 monasteries in southern Germany.[2] Among these, the best-known are the following.



Disputed Works

Several works have been attributed to Fischer that are now disputed, although his style was an obvious influence:


  1. He should not be confused with the sculptor of the same name from Dillingen an der Donau, who lived from 1717 to 1801
  2. Germany: A Phaidon Cultural Guide. Oxford: Phaidon, 1985. p. 45. ISBN 0-7148-2354-6.
  3. Germany: A Phaidon Cultural Guide, p. 96.
  4. Germany: A Phaidon Cultural Guide, p. 584.
  5. Germany: A Phaidon Cultural Guide, p. 776.
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