Johann Cyriak Hackhofer

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Johann Cyriak Hackhofer (* 14 February 1675 in Wilten, Tyrol; † 9 May 1731 in Vorau, Styria) was an Austrian painter.
He is considered the most important baroque monumental painter of Styria.

Life and work

Hackhofer worked in Vienna from 1704 and was active as court painter for Vorau Abbey and its parishes from 1708 until his death. He was probably influenced in Tyrol by Egid Schor, Kaspar Waldmann as well as Josef Waldmann and in Vienna by Johann Michael Rottmayr.

Hackhofer painted frescoes in Vorau Abbey (chapter house, sacristy), in the market church of Vorau, in Festenburg Castle, in St. Catherine’s Church and in six chapels (Loreto Chapel, Thorn Coronation Chapel, Nativity Chapel, Olivet Chapel, Flagellation Chapel and Cross Chapel). In addition, he created the high altarpiece in the parish church of Hartberg.
Still preserved today are altarpieces in the churches of Grafendorf bei Hartberg, Sankt Johann bei Herberstein, Sankt Ilgen bei Lafnitz, Sankt Lorenzen am Wechsel, Mönichwald, Peggau, Pinggau, Pöllau, Strallegg, Stubenberg and Wenigzell

  • High altarpieces and side altarpieces in the Catholic parish church of Stadtschlaining
  • Pictures and paintings in the pilgrimage church St. Ägydius in der Haid in Lafnitz
  • Frescoes in the daughter church of St. Margaretha in Peggau
  • High altarpiece in the parish church of St. Martin in Hartberg
  • Painting in the parish church of St. Catherine in Festenburg Castle in Sankt Lorenzen am Wechsel
  • Upper picture of the coronation of the Virgin Mary in the parish church of Kaindorf
  • Frescoes depicting The Four Last Things in the cemetery chapel near the parish church of Grafendorf bei Hartberg


  • Johann Cyriak Hackhofes: “Contributions to the History of Art in Styria and Carinthia”, Volume IV, Graz 1931
  • J. C. Hackhofer: Exhibition catalogue, Vorau Abbey 1981
  • C. Weeber: Der Vorauer Stiftsmaler J. C. Hackhofer 1675-1731. 2 Volumes, Dissertation, Graz 1987
  • Kurt Woisetschläger:Hackhofer, Johann Cyriak. In: New German Biography (NDB). Vol. 7, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1966, ISBN 3-428-00188-5, p. 411 f. (Digitalisat).

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