Ernst Herter

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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.[1]

Herter studied at the Academy of Arts in Berlin and later as apprentice of Ferdinand August Fischer, Gustav Blaeser and Albert Wolff as well. Since 1869 he created his own workshop. In 1875 he made a study trip to Italy. Professor Herter was a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts.


  1. ^ Richard S. Levy (2005). Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia Of Prejudice And Persecution. ABC-CLIO. p. 295. ISBN 978-1-85109-439-4. Retrieved 9 December 2012. "The most notorious of the endeavors, the Lorelei Fountain, intended for Heine's home city of Düsseldorf, was designed by a prominent monument specialist, Ernst Herter, whose fee was to have been paid by a fervent admirer of Heine, ..." 

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