Ferdinand Freiherr von Miller

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Ferdinand von Miller

Ferdinand Miller, from 1875 von Miller and from 1912 Freiherr von Miller (8 June 1842 – 18 December 1929) was an ore caster, sculptor and director of the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (Akademie der Bildenden Künste München).[1] He was Reichsrat (Bavaria) of the Kingdom of Bavaria [2] and royal bavarian Rittmeister.


Graveside of the Family von Miller at the Winthirfriedhof in Munich

Miller was born and died in Munich. He was the son of the artisan and First Inspector of the Royal Munich brass foundry, Ferdinand von Miller (1813–1887), and Anna Pösl (1815–1890).[3] With the elevation of his father Ferdinand into the Bavarian nobility on 12 October 1875 and with the inscription of the family name on the roll of the aristocracy of the Kingdom of Bavaria on 30 December 1875, Ferdinand was simultaneously ennobled.[3] Ferdinands brother was the engineer and founder of the Deutsches Museum Oskar von Miller.[3]


Miller received his initial training from his father at the Royal Munich brass foundry. He continuied his studies in Paris, London and finally in Dresden with Ernst Julius Hähnel. Afterwards he undertook several study trips to Italy and the US. He created about 70 statues and monuments.[1]

From 1900 to 1918 he was director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He was member of the Reichsrat of the Kingdom of Bavaria (the second chamber) and the Municipal council of Munich.

Ferdinand Freiherr von Miller is buried in the family graveside Winthirkirche Cemetery in Munich-Neuhausen.



Statue of J. Marion Sims on Fifth Avenue, on the wall of Central Park


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  1. ^ a b c d Benkert, Ralf. "Miller, Ferdinand von II (Prof., Freiherr)". Werdenfelser Kunstlerlexikon (in German). Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Ferdinand Freiherr von Miller's profile at the Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte
  3. ^ a b c Peter Volk (1994), "Ferdinand von Miller", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German) 17, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 516–517 , (full text online)
  4. ^ "List of Honorary Citizens" (in German). muenchen.de (Official Webpage of the city of Munich). Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  5. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels (German), Adelslexikon Band IX, Band 116 der Gesamtreihe, C. A. Starke Verlag, Limburg (Lahn) 1998, ISSN 0435-2408
  6. ^ McCue, George, Photographs by David Finn and Amy Binder, ’’Sculpture City: St. Louis, Sculpture in the “Gateway to the West”’’ Hudson Hills Press NY and Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, 1988 pp. 42-45
  7. ^ Clubbe, John, ‘‘Cincinnati Observed: Architecture and History‘‘, Ohio State University Press, Columbus, OH, 1992 p. 13