Johann Georg Platzer
The painter Johann Georg Platzer is an artist of the Baroque period and used to live in Appiano.
Johann Georg Platzer was born in 1704 in Appiano. Already his father, Johann Victor Platzer, used to be an artist, his stepfather promoted him and enabled him his artistic formation. His uncle Christof Platzer was court painter of the prince-bishop in Passau and made sure that Johann Georg was taught the arts of paining. In 1728 he terminated his studies and started a further degree course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Johann Georg Platzer used elements of the Austrian Rokoko for his illustrations of society, biblical and mythological portrayals. Until 1739 or 1740 he stayed in Vienna, afterwards he returned to Appiano for health reasons. His merits in Vienna were remarkable. Platzer could afford a building and started lending money on advantageous conditions.
In Vienna, Styria and Tyrol, St. Petersburg, Dresden, Nürnberg, Munich and other cities, pieces of art of Johann Georg Platzer are exhibited in the respective museums.
Johann Georg Platzer died in 1761 in Appiano and donated half of his fortune to the hospital of S. Paolo, a locality in his home-town.