Adrian Zingg

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Adrian Zingg (April 15, 1734 - May 26, 1816) was a Swiss painter.

Adrian Zingg, 1799 portrait by Anton Graff


Adrian Zingg received his term training with his father, the steel cutter Bartolomäus Zingg, and then became an apprentice with engraver Johann Rudolf Holzhalb (1723-1806). In 1757 he worked in Bern, painting vedute with Johann Ludwig Aberli. Together with the medalist Johann Caspar Mörikofer (1732-1790), he travelled to Paris in 1759, where Zingg worked for seven years with the engraver Johann Georg Wille.

In 1764 he was supported by Christian Ludwig von Hagedorn as an engraver at the newly founded Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, where he worked as a teacher from 1766. He had an intensive relationship with professor Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, who acted as a mentor for Zingg. In 1774, after the death of Dietrich, Zingg began to complete his late work and published a total of 87 sheets.[1] In 1769, he was also a member of the Vienna Academy and in 1787 became a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts. In 1803 he was appointed professor of copper etching at the Dresden Academy. Some of Zingg's famous students included Karl August Richter and his son Adrian Ludwig Richter, also Heinrich Theodor Wehle and Christoph Nathe.


  • This article was initially translated from the German Wikipedia
  1. ^ J. F. Linck: Monographie der von dem … Hofmaler und Professor … C. W. E. Dietrich radirten, geschabten und in Holz geschnittenen malerischen Vorstellungen: nebst einem Abrisse der Lebensgeschichte des Künstlers. Berlin 1846, S. 35ff.