Sterbender Achilles with Herter 1884 Berlin signature detail at the Achilleion Palace
Ernst Gustav Herter (14 May 1846 Berlin, Germany – 19 December 1917 Berlin) was a famous German sculptor. He worked in Berlin. He specialised in creating statues of mythological figures. Among his most famous works is Sterbender Achilles translated as Dying Achilles, created in Berlin in 1884. The statue was then acquired by Empress of Austria Elizabeth of Bavaria and became the centrepiece at her palace Achilleion in Corfu, Greece.
Lorelei Fountain, Herter 1899, Bronx, New York A Heine Memorial Sculpture
On the 8. of July 1899 Ernst Herter was himself present in New York as his Heinrich Heine memorial sculpture, known as the Lorelei Fountain, was unveiled in Bronx, New York. The Lorelei Fountain was originally intended for Heine's city of birth, Düsseldorf as a celebration of the centenary of the birth of Heinrich Heine, however this did not materialize due to the antisemitic and nationalistic sentiment that was prevailing at the time in the German Reich.