Christoph Schwarz
Christoph Schwartz, Schwarz, or Schovarts (c. 1545, München – April 15, 1592) was a German court painter
Court painter
A court painter was an artist who painted for the members of a royal or noble family, sometimes on a fixed salary and on an exclusive basis where the artist was not supposed to undertake other work. Especially in the late Middle Ages, they were often given the office of valet de chambre...



Houbraken remarked that he died the same year that Adrian de Bie was born. He took his information from Joachim von Sandrart
Joachim von Sandrart
Joachim von Sandrart was a German Baroque art-historian and painter, active in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age.-Biography:Sandrart was born in Frankfurt, but the family originated from Mons...

's Teutsche Akademie. According to him, Schwartz was born in Ingolstadt
Ingolstadt is a city in the Free State of Bavaria, in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is located along the banks of the Danube River, in the center of Bavaria. As at 31 March 2011, Ingolstadt had 125.407 residents...

 and made many fresco
Fresco is any of several related mural painting types, executed on plaster on walls or ceilings. The word fresco comes from the Greek word affresca which derives from the Latin word for "fresh". Frescoes first developed in the ancient world and continued to be popular through the Renaissance...

s and oil paintings while in the service of Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria
Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria
Maximilian I, Duke/Elector of Bavaria , called "the Great", was a Wittelsbach ruler of Bavaria and a prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire. His reign was marked by the Thirty Years' War ....


According to the RKD, he died in 1592 and was the student of Johann Melchior Bocksberger, with whom he painted frescoes in Augsburg
Augsburg is a city in the south-west of Bavaria, Germany. It is a university town and home of the Regierungsbezirk Schwaben and the Bezirk Schwaben. Augsburg is an urban district and home to the institutions of the Landkreis Augsburg. It is, as of 2008, the third-largest city in Bavaria with a...

 and Wasserburg
-Locations:* Krausnick-Groß Wasserburg, a municipality in the district of Dahme-Spreewald in Brandenburg* Wasserburg am Inn, Bavaria* Wasserburg am Inn , former district in Oberbayern* Wasserburg am Bodensee, Bavaria-Other:...

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