Hermann Wislicenus

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Hermann Wislicenus
Hermann Wislicenus.jpg
c. 1895
Born 20 September 1825
Eisenach, German Confederation
Died 25 April 1899
Goslar, German Empire
The Battle at Iconium, by Wislicenus, c. 1890.

Hermann Wislicenus (20 September 1825 – 25 April 1899) was a German historical painter.


He studied art at Academy of Dresden and later became a student of Eduard Bendemann and Julius Schnorr. His first art work, “Abundance and Destitution,” was purchased by the Dresden Gallery in 1853. A stipend from the Grand Duke of Weimar enabled him to study in Italy (1853–1857) where he lived in Rome and became a follower of Cornelius. Upon his return to Germany, he settled in Weimar. He was appointed professor at the Düsseldorf Academy in 1868.


Among other oil paintings, watercolors, and cartoons, he executed “Night With Its Retinue,” for the Grand Duke of Weimar, the “Myth of Prometheus” (1862, Leipzig Museum), “The Flood of Deucalion” (1865, Weimar Museum); the mural paintings “Brutus as Judge of his Sons” and “The Mother of the Gracchi,” in the staircase of the Härtel Roman House at Leipzig; “Fancy Borne by the Dreams” (Schaek Gallery, Munich); “Angels Singing Psalms,” mural painting (Grand-ducal chapel, Weimar). In Düsseldorf, he painted “The Four Seasons” (1877, National Gallery, Berlin). In the competition for the decoration of the restored Kaiserhaus at Goslar, he won the first prize, and, assisted by some of his pupils, completed the frescoes depicting various characteristic episodes in the evolution of the German Empire in 1897.



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