Georg Philipp Rugendas

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Georg Philipp Rugendas (27 November 1666 – 1742) was a battle and military genre painter and engraver born in the Free Imperial City of Augsburg in what is now Bavaria, Germany.


He was a pupil of Isaak Fisches, an historical painter, took Bourguignon, Lembke, and Tempesta for his models, but formed his style more especially through the study of the various phases of the military profession, from real life. He continued his studies for two years in Vienna, and in 1692 under Molinari in Venice, thence went to Rome.

During the siege and pillage of Augsburg in 1703, he exposed himself to great danger by drawing, in the midst of the engagements, the scenes around him. The six etchings resulting from this are perhaps the most meritorious part of his work. His oil paintings may best be studied in the Brunswick Gallery, which contains nine battle pieces by him.



  • Wilhelm Adolf Schmidt (1889), "Rugendas", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 29, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 599–601
  • 2 paintings by or after Georg Philipp Rugendas at the Art UK site

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