Jakob Prandtauer (1660-1726)
Jakob Prandtauer was born in July of 1660 as the son of a master mason. He grew up in Stanz in Austria, where he learned his father’s trade. At the age of 19 he began to study sculpture and architecture, soon after he got a job as a sculpture in the city of Sankt Pölten, South Austria. He established himself there and by 1700 he made a name for himself as a master builder.
Melk Abby (1702-36)
Throughout his architectural career Prandtauer worked for the monastery of Melk, where he helped rebuild a number of religious buildings. Although He was never trained in Italy, he looked at the Italian baroque forms for inspiration. from this he was able to create a native style of baroque.
Seitenstetten Abbey (1687–1717)
Although The Church of Melk is his most renowned design, he also built the pilgrimage church on the Sonntagberg and the monastery at Garsten. He was also responsible for the reconstruction of the Sankt Florina monastery, and numerous more. Thanks to his stone mason training Prandtauer was able to design all aspects of the building, including exterior and interior spaces.
After Prandtauer’s death in 1726 his pupil, joseph Mungenast, took over his unfinished projects.