Franz Ignaz Günther
Franz Ignaz Günther, sculptor and representative of the Bavarian Rococo, was born in Altmannstein in 1725. After his training as an artisan in the carpenter's workshop of his father Johann Georg, he worked from 1743 to 1750 as a student of Johann Baptist Straub in Munich - who is also believed to have been Franz Anton Bustelli's teacher. His years as an itinerant journeyman took Günther to Salzburg, Mannheim and Olmütz in Moravia, and then to Vienna in 1753 to attend the sculpture class at the academy there. In 1755/56 his large porcelain crucifix, one of his masterpieces, was already commissioned by the court. It was intended for the high altar of the Cäcilien Chapel in the Munich Residenz. It is still being made today in Nymphenburg according to the original Rococo pattern.