Michael Wening

Michael Wening ( born July 11, 1645 Nuremberg, † April 18, 1718 in Munich) was court engraver Elector Ferdinand Maria of Bavaria.


The Nuremberg butcher's son Michael Wening is detectable in Munich since 1666 and fled in 1668 because of a paternity matter from his hometown to Munich. He worked at the court of first primarily as Fourier. 1669 he was appointed court engraver, in 1680 appointed electoral Ritterstube porter. This small Hofamt committed too little actual service.

After minor work as an engraver, he received a contract for the representation of all the places in the four Rent offices in Munich, Burghausen, Landshut and Straubing in June 1696 by Elector Max Emanuel. On November 12, 1692, he moved from Dachau provided with a royal patent by the country. By January he had already mapped 131 places.

On November 2, 1701 completed with the Rent Office in Munich, the first volume of the Historico - Topographica descriptio Bavariae ( 1701-1726 ). In this four-volume magnum opus can be found, according Rent offices, pictures of Bavarian cities, castles and monasteries. Overall, he stood about 1,000 places in copper. The texts written by the Jesuit Ferdinand fair weather. Wening also created still images and vistas as well as engravings of the battles of the Elector Max Emanuel in the fight against the Turks.

Works (selection)

Water Castle Taufkirchen

Monastery Osterhofen

Vilshofen city on the Danube

Jesuit College of Ingolstadt

Castle Sander village

Castle Affing

Castle Fußberg in Gauting

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich

Alte Akademie in Munich

Weihenstephan Monastery

Castle Lauterbach

Wörth Schlössl on the island of Wörth

Schloss Seefeld

Castle Herrngiersdorf

Castle Massenhausen

Castle and District Court seat Kranzberg

Castle Thalhausen ( Kranzberg )