b. 1615 Innsbruck, Austria, d. 1674 Rome
The great Roman artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini praised Johann Paul Schor as a great decorator and a man of unlimited ideas and invention, declaring that whether one wanted a design for a carriage, a chair, or some silver, Schor could produce it. The son of a painter, Schor traveled to Rome around 1640. From 1656 until his death in 1674, he was employed by the Vatican, becoming the best-known German-speaking artist in Rome. He was particularly known for his inventive designs, producing stage sets for festivals, table sculptures for banquets, sedan chairs, state coaches, fantastic suites of furniture, and wall paintings.
Austrian, about 1670