Leopold Layer is known as one of the most prominent painters working in Slovenia at the turn of the 18th century. He was born on the 20th of November 1752 into a famous family of painters. The original Layer home was at Pungart no. 6, but later the family moved into Town no. 52 and 84 where they had their workshop. In 1811 a fire destroyed the Layer’s house and workshop, and the painter built a new house at today’s Tomšičeva ulica 32, where he died on the 12th of April 1828. The Gorenjska museum has several paintings by Leopold Layer, many of the painter’s works are privately owned in Kranj while others can be seen in churches on Rupa, in Huje, Stražišče, the Rosary Church in Kranj and in the collection of the ecclesiastic art of the parish office in Kranj.
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