Johann Gottfried Schadow:
Bust "King Frederick II", cast
Johann Gottfried Schadow:
Bust "King Frederick II", cast

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museum replica | cast | total height 37 cm

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Bust "King Frederick II", cast
Johann Gottfried Schadow: Bust "King Frederick II", cast

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Bust "King Frederick II", cast

Even during his lifetime, he became a legend. The name Frederick the Great stands for an enlightened Prussia. On the one hand, heroic steadfastness and, on the other, artistic subtlety are among the well-known attributes of the Frederician era, this fascinating period of German history. With the help of an army that had grown to 180,000 men by the end of his term of office, Frederick II secured Prussia's European supremacy. Domestically, the progressive regent represented the ideal of enlightened absolutism. As a far-sighted patron of the arts, architecture and sciences, Frederick the Great is responsible, among other things, for the construction of the famous Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam.

This portrait of the king is one of the most precious treasures of European art. Joh. Gottfried Schadow shows Frederick the Great in a typical pose with a sceptical, vigilant face and his head slightly tilted to one side.
Original: Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam. Marble.

Polymer ars mundi museum replica, cast by hand. Height incl. pedestal 37 cm.

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Portrait of the artist Johann Gottfried Schadow

About Johann Gottfried Schadow

1764-1850

Johann Gottfried Schadow was the most important German sculptor of the Napoleonic era. He trained at the royal school of sculpture and later became head of the court sculpture workshop and "director of all sculptures" in 1788. Schadow's classical ideal was increasingly joined by realistic, national and individual features. His classically ideal and realistic style set the trend for the 19th century.

His art combines a natural sensuality and grace leading out of the Rococo with great realism. His double statue of the crown princesses Luise and Friederike of Prussia in marble is the first life-size double statue of classicism and set standards for 19th-century monument sculpture. He created the famous quadriga on the Brandenburg Gate in copper rubbing, as the bronze casting technique could not yet be used for such large objects. During the Restoration period, Schadow's realistic classicism found fewer patrons and was supplanted around 1820 by the official and emphatically representative art of his pupil Caspar Daniel Rauch.

Until his death, Schadow was director of the Berlin Academy and exerted great influence, also through his writings.

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