The True Story Behind

Knoxville Artist, Joseph Knaffl's 

"Madonna and Child"


The Story Begins


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About the Artist, Joseph Knaffl

Joseph Knaffl, the photographer, was the son of Austrian, Dr. Rudolph Knaffl. Once a physician at the esteemed court of Austria, he migrated to Tennessee after the 1848 Austrian revolution. Joseph’s interest in art & photography led him to open his own studio on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. He soon had a very good business and developed many fine pieces of art and photographs that became famous and very popular. The “Knaffl Madonna & Child” was his finest work, and his masterpiece.



Madonna and Child   ·    Knaffl Madonna    ·    1495 Touraine Place    ·    Knoxville, TN 37919   ·    865.523.0063