Ettal Abbey, Bavaria, Germany -- Note at the bottom of the Zeiller's fresco, the stucco's architectural decoration flows seamlessly into the painting. Elaborate stucco work was characteristic of the German Baroque, often learned (as is the case here) at the Benedictine abbey in Wessobrunn.Zeiller and perhaps 5 or 6 helpers completed the fresco with 431 figures in four summers. (In these days before central heating, stucco -- essentially cement -- could not cure during the winter.)

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