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Schadow, Wilhelm or Friedrich Wilhelm von

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00162022
Schadow, Wilhelm or Friedrich Wilhelm von

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German, 19th century, male.

Born 6 September 1788, in Berlin, in 1786 according to some sources; died 19 March 1862, in Düsseldorf.

Painter. Religious subjects, portraits.

Nazarenes group. School of Düsseldorf.

Wilhelm von Schadow was the second son of Gottfried Schadow. He went to Rome with his brother Rudolf in 1810, where he shared the ideas of the 'Nazarenes' Group, which had gathered around Overbeck. On his return, he became a member of the academy in Berlin, in 1819, and later a member of the Institute of France. In 1826, he succeeded Cornelius as principal of Düsseldorf academy, followed by his pupils J. Hubner, Hildebrondt, John and Karl F. Lesinsi. He re-organised this artistic establishment, and in 1829 founded the Westphalia Association of Arts. In 1836, his strong preference for religious painting - he had been a Catholic since 1814 - earned him violent attacks. In 1840, he returned to Rome, and in 1859, he gave up his post as principal of the academy. In 1843 he had been conferred a title of nobility. He was also a writer and in 1854 he published ...

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Subjects: Painting ; Religious Art ; Christian Art ; 19th-Century Art

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