Franz Ignaz Günther
Franz Ignaz Günther, sculptor and representative of the Bavarian Rococo, was born in Altmannstein in 1725. After training as a craftsman 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 believed to have also been Franz Anton Bustelli's teacher. The apprentice years traveling led Günther to Salzburg, Mannheim and Olmütz in Moravia, and then in 1753 to Vienna to sculpture classes in the local academy. His large porcelain crucifix, one of his masterpieces, was already commissioned by the court in 1755/56. It was intended for the high altar of the Cecilia Chapel in the Munich Residence. It is still produced to this day in Nymphenburg based on the original Rococo model.