Adolf von Donndorf

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Equestrian statue of Charles Augustus, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Weimar, (1867-75)

Adolf von Donndorf (16 February 1835 – 20 December 1916) was a German sculptor.


Adolf Donndorf was born in Weimar, the son of a cabinet-maker. Starting in 1853 he was a student of Ernst Rietschel in Dresden. After Rietschel's death in 1861 he and Gustav Adolph Kietz completed the Luther monument in Worms. Donndorf contributed several statues including standing figures of Reuchlin and Frederick the Wise, seated figures of Savonarola, Peter Waldo and the allegorical city of Magdeburg as well as reliefs. His talents as a sculptor were recognized on 12 November 1864 when he was named an honorary member of the Dresden Academy of Arts and in 1876 he was appointed professor of sculpture at the Stuttgart Academy of Arts.

Adolf von Donndorf was an honorary citizen of Weimar and Stuttgart and was ennobled in 1910 allowing him to add "von" to his name. A museum created in his honor in 1907 by the city of Weimar was destroyed at the end of World War II.

His son Karl August Donndorf (1870–1941) was also a sculptor and one of his father's students.

Adolf von Donndorf died in Stuttgart.


James Fountain (1881)
    • Union Square Drinking Fountain also called the James Fountain,[1] Union Square, New York City, 1881.[2] A standing draped female figure combining common iconic representations of Charity and of Temperance holds an infant and empties a ewer with her left hand, aided by a boy. Lion-mask spouts on the block base spit water into basins.
    • Maternal Love Fountain, Zwittau, 1892
    • Donndorf Fountain, Weimar 1895
    • Pauline Fountain, Stuttgart 1898 (destroyed during World War I, restored in 2008)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach statue in Eisenach, originally (1884) on the marketplace in front of the Georgenkirche, since 1938 on the Frauenplan adjacent to the Bachhaus


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  1. ^ Its donor was Daniel Willis James.
  2. ^ The bronze is inscribed "A Donndorf fec STUTTGART G. Howaldt geg. Braunschweig".
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