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Johan Georg Geitel: 15 cool facts

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By Gwylym Owen

Johan Georg Geitel (1683–1771), also Johann or Hans Jürgen Geitell, Geittel or Geittell, was a Finnish painter.

Geital was born in Braunschweig, Germany, and forward-thinking moved to Stockholm and after that Finland. He primarily painted religious-themed paintings and portraits. When Geital relocated to Turku, the painters Claes Lang and Jonas Bergman protested, claiming there was not enough sham for whatever of them. The local registrar’s office arranged Geital permission for lonely church historical paintings. He taught at the Royal Academy of Turku from 1758 to 1763.

In 1755 he painted the altarpiece for Paimio church. He produced paintings the Nousiainen church in 1756, the Lempäälä church in 1759, and the manor house for the Bishop of Turku in 1760. Geital died 1771 in Turku.

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