Ettal Abbey, Bavaria, Germany -- Each side has three Straub altars with the largest at center. These "triptychs" face each other across the rotunda. Besides Schmuzer, another important artist from the Wessobrunn School contributed to the decor: Johann Georg Ueblherr. While these two stuccoed a lot of Bavarian churches, much of their baroque finishes would be destroyed when the abbeys became secularized in the early 1800s and their buildings sold for other purposes. Fortunately this space was spared that fate when it became a parish church.The center altars on each side have gilt drapery over them to heighten the swirled rococo effect. The 1794 Nativity at left is by M. Knoller whose work we'll see in a bit more detail shortly.

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