Program - Arts - Bavaria region - Germany
German late Baroque

Asam brothers

The Asam brothers (Cosmas Damian Asam and Egid Quirin Asam) were sculptors, workers in stucco, painters, and architects, who worked mostly together and in southern Germany. They are among the most important representatives of the German late Baroque. The Asam brothers’ success story begins with a mid-17th century Italian princess.

Brothers Cosmas Damian Asam and Egid Quirin Asam were born during this era of artistic changeover, in 1686 and 1692 respectively. Both brothers studied the art and architecture of Rome attentively, focusing in particular on buildings designed by Roman star architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Their Asamkirche is one of the most important Late Baroque buildings in southern Germany. The way that architecture, painting and stuccowork are brought together to produce an opulent work of art is typical of the style. Demonstrating truly a spectacular skill, the brothers used tricks of perspective and clever direction of the light to successfully make a relatively small interior appear to stretch right up into the heavens. Buildings designed by the brothers that can still be viewed in Munich today also include the family home of the older brother, Cosmas Damian, known as the Asam-Schlössl.

Discover more about these important artists and taste the cake dedicated to them, Asam torte, a dream of Bavarian cream and oranges created by Lilli Hauser, German Master Confectioner.