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  • Name Anna Eisenmenger 
    Nickname Annie 
    Born 3 Apr 1898  Meran, South Tyrol AT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Jul 1984  Vienna AT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 86 years 
    Notes 
    • Ceramic Artist

      (Commentary by Lea Nickless, research curator at The Wolfsonian Museum, Miami FL, re: Credo Altar in permanent collection - abt. Dec 2018)

      CREDO ALTER

      Viennese sculptor Annie Eisenmenger created this massive ceramic triptych altar for an international exposition of modern Christian art in Padua, Italy in 1931. Depicting the coronation of the Virgin Mary in its central panel and scenes from the life of Christ at either side, the triptych folds neatly for travel, its closed doors spelling "Credo" in bold, interlocking, wrought-iron letters. A brief mention in a 1932 Viennese publication stated that the work had been universally applauded.

      Annie went on to produce work throughout her life. She collaborated with Konrad Lorenz, the Nobel Prize-winning founder of the study of animal behavior, illustrating his book Man Meets Dog. In 1960, she created a mosaic mural of Saint Francis of Assisi at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna. Despite Annie's many accomplishments, there is little known about her; it is almost as though she didn't exist. Even her date of death had never been correctly recorded, leaving a void in her biographical data. Fortunately, after tracking down her great niece, who was able to provide her actual death date, we updated the Zentralfriedhof Vienna's central cemetery where Annie is buried. The fact that Annie had almost disappeared from the historic record underscores the enormous challenges facing women, especially in the early 20th century, as they struggled to navigate within a patriarchal, gender-biased culture. As The Wolfsonian moves forward in growing its collection, we will continue to seek out women artists, so often overlooked and sometimes even forgotten, and bring their stories to light.
    • ANNIE EISENMENGER TIMELINE

      1898          Born April 30, 1898, Meran, Southern Tyrol

      1920-21     Attended Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts)
       
      1924          Studied at General Sculpture School of the "Akademie der Bildenden Künste" under Joseph Müllner

      1924-25     Studied at Special School of Sculpture, under Joseph Müllner
       
      1928          Studied at Special School of Sculpture, also under Müllner
       
      1931          Completed Credo Altar, originally titled Glaubensgeheimnisse des Credo
       
      1940          Found in Vienna directory Eisenmenger, Anna, af. Bildhauerin, IV Favoritenstrasse 12 (Bi ldhauerin Sculptor)
       
      1954          Illustrates book Man Meets Dog with brother-in-law Konrad Lorenz
       
      1959          Credo Altar Installed in Notkirche or "emergency church" Zum Gottlichen Erlioser
       
      1960          Completed mosaic mural of St. Francis of Assisi as well as label panels for the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna
       
      1961          Credo Altar transferred to the Doblinger Pfarrkirche St. Paul in Hofzeile 
       
      1971          Credo Altar sold to an art dealer
       
      2004          Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. purchases Credo Altar from dealer in Vienna
    Person ID I32  Flack Genealogy
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2022 

    Father Victor Eisenmenger,   b. 29 Jan 1864, Vienna AT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1932, Vienna AT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Anna Hoberg,   b. 1874,   d. 1944  (Age 70 years) 
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Annie Eisenmenger - Ceramic Artist
    Annie Eisenmenger - Ceramic Artist
    Credo ceramic altar in Wolfsonian Museum Collection, Miami, FL

    Viennese sculptor Annie Eisenmenger created this massive ceramic triptych altar for an international exposition of modern Christian art in Padua, Italy in 1931. Depicting the coronation of the Virgin Mary in its central panel and scenes from the life of Christ at either side, the triptych folds neatly for travel, its closed doors spelling "Credo" in bold, interlocking, wrought-iron letters. A brief mention in a 1932 Viennese publication stated that the work had been universally applauded.

    Leo Nickless, research curator