Biographical facts

Sept. 23, 1719, Johann Wenzel Bergl is born in Dvůr Králové nad Labem

Around 1745 Altenburg Abbey, chinoiseries

Oct. 20, 1749 named as a painter by the Vienna Academy

Around 1750? Vienna, parish church of Saint Ulrich, Ascension of Saint Nepomuk (attribution uncertain)

1751 Vienna, Academy competition, second place, Sacrifice of Jephthah’s Daughter (still preserved as a copy)

1752 Nuremberg, Academy competition, first place, Job on the Mound of Manure

Around 1752 Klosterneuburg, Crucifixion (according to Luyx)

Around 1757 Dvůr Králové, parish church of Saint John the Baptist, Via Crucis

1757* Vienna Landstrasse, Saint Elisabeth’s church, organ gallery (paintings of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Elisabeth)

1757 or 1758 Sümeg, parish church, collaboration with Maulbertsch on the painting at the presbytery

1759* Orlice, church of the Assumption of Mary, Via Crucis (Peter Otto 1760/61)

1758/59** Klein-Mariazell, former monastery church, frescos and altars (Peter Otto 1763)

1760 Mistelbach, Barnabite monastery, library, frescos in collaboration with Maulbertsch

Around 1760 Holics, parish church of Saint Martin (former Capuchin church of Saint Theresa), altarpiece Apotheosis of Saint Martin (originally and up to 1786 at the old parish church of Saint Martin)

Around 1760 Borohrádek, parish church of Saint Michael Archangel, altarpiece Saint John of Nepomuk with Benefactors from the Bohemian Country

About 1760-1775 Dvůr Králové, parish church of Saint John the Baptist and church Exaltation of the Holy Cross, altarpieces – today at the town museum of Dvůr Králové (Saint John of Nepomuk is Granting Alms), parish office of Dvůr Králové (Death of Saint Francis Xavier), Prague National Gallery (Fourteen Holy Helpers, Saint Ignatius of Loyola), private collection (Instruction of Mary)

1762/63 Vienna Ober-St. Veit, Episcopal Palace, four continents and exotic landscapes

1763* Opočno, Capuchin church of the Nativity of Our Lord, Via Crucis and altarpiece Virgin Mary of Altwilmsdorf (Peter Otto 1762)

Around 1763 Ruppersthal, parish church of Saint Giles, altarpiece Death of Saint Joseph

Around 1763 Laxenburg, Grünnehaus, frescos and architectural paintings

1763/64 Melk, Melk Abbey, garden pavilion, exotic landscapes

1764 Melk, Melk Abbey, guest rooms

1765 Wiener Neustadt, Neukloster, refectory

Around 1765 Louka monastery, (former) Premonstratensian monastery, paintings of Saint Norbertus, Saint Augustine, Saint Ambrose

1766 Vienna, Hofburg Amalia Residence, apartment of Elisabeth, exotic landscapes

1766 Vienna, Schottenstift, library (no longer existing)

1766/67 Pielach, Pielach summer palace, exotic landscapes and religious scenes

1767 Schönbühel, (former) Servite monastery Schönbühel, Peregrine chapel

1767 Melk, Melk Abbey, upper library rooms, upper guest rooms and theatre

1767 Wiener Neustadt, Neukloster, library

1767 Säusenstein, parish church of Saint Donatus

1769 Seitenstetten, Seitenstetten Abbey, Mineral Cabinet

Around 1770 Schönbrunn Palace, summer apartment of Maria Theresa/Goëss apartment

Around 1770 Maria Enzersdorf, palace chapel, ceiling painting Victory of Mary

1770 Maria Dreieichen, pilgrimage church, frescos and altarpiece

1771 The piece Bergl handed in to become a “full member” of the Vienna Academy (crucifixion of Christ) was rejected by the jury

1772 Baden, Mariazellerhof, Cecily chapel

1772 Schönbrunn Palace, no longer existing room furnishings

1772/73 Vienna, Melkerhof, chapel and Sala terrena

1773 Donaudorf, Donaudorf Palace, frescos of the continental allegories – transferred to Hadersdorf, Laudon Palace around 1960

1773 Vienna, (former) Augustinian monastery, library/Augustinian Reading Room Austrian National Library

1773/74 Schönbrunn Palace, apartment of Archduke Maximilian Franz/apartment of Gisela

1774 Schönbrunn Palace, apartment of Archduchess Maria Elisabeth/apartment of Rudolf

After 1774 Thenneberg – Dornau, pilgrimage church, frescos at the presbytery – overpainting of older frescos (no longer existing)

1775 Laxenburg, Laxenburg Palace, room “American style” (no longer existing)

1775 Felsö-Elefant/Horné Lefantovce, former Pauline monastery, church of Saint John the Baptist, frescos with topics from the history of the life of Saint John the Baptist

1775 Maria Család/Mariánska Čelaď, former Pauline monastery, frescos in the church and the refectory (no longer existing)

1776 Budapest, former Pauline church/university church, frescos and altarpieces

1777/78 Garsten, (former) monastery church, Losensteiner chapel, Holy Sepulchre

1778 Louka monastery, (former) Premonstratensian monastery, frescos (no longer existing)

1779 Laxenburg, Laxenburg Palace, painting for the Upper Court Garden building (no longer existing)

1781 Melk, Melk Abbey, garden/fortress wall, Schimmelturm, library alcoves and tympanum Kammertrakt

1782 Melk, Melk Abbey, prelature chapel and guest rooms

1785 Alberndorf, parish church of Saint Laurentius, altarpiece Saint Laurentius (no longer existing)

1785 Untermarkersdorf, church, altar fresco with painting Assumption of Mary in the presbytery

1786 Melk, Melk Abbey, priory chamber (no longer existing)

Jan. 15, 1789, Johann Wenzel Bergl dies in Vienna

Attribution according to Peter Otto, Johann Bergl 1718 – 1789, diss. (unpubl.), University of Vienna 1964.

* Attribution according to Petr Arijčuk,Neznámá díla Johanna Wenzela Bergla ve východních Čechách/Unbekannte Werke des Johann Wenzel Bergl in Ostböhmen, in: Opuscula Historiae Artium, Studia Minora Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Brunensis, 44, 2000, p. 23-40.

** Attribution according to Monika Dachs, Franz Anton Maulbertsch und sein Kreis: Studien zur Wiener Malerei in der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts, vol. 3, habil. (unpubl.), University of 2003.

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