Joseph Werner

Jun 22, 1637 - Sep 21, 1710

Joseph Werner, known as the Younger to distinguish him from his painter father of the same name, was a Swiss painter, known for miniatures.
Joseph Werner the Younger became an artist of international repute. He continued his studies in Frankfurt, went to Rome to paint and travelled to France where, at the court of Louis XIV he painted portraits of both the monarch himself and of various notables in his entourage; he also worked on the decorations of the Palace of Versailles. In 1667, he left France but continued to move in exalted circles. In Augsburg he worked for the Bavarian Elector in Vienna, painting a portrait of Leopold I, and was then invited to Berlin by the Prussian King Frederik. He earned a reputation as a miniatures painter at the court of the Saxon King in Dresden. In Berlin, he was appointed Director of the newly established Prussian Academy of Arts.
He passed his artistic talents on to his sons; his younger son Francis Paul becoming a painter of birds and his first born, Joseph Christopher Werner, becoming a court painter.
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