Johann Halbig

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Johann Halbig
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Johann von Halbig
Born Johann Halbig
13 July 1814
Donnersdorf, Lower Franconia, Germany
Died 29 August 1882(1882-08-29) (aged 68)
Nationality German, Bavarian
Known for Sculpting
Movement Classicism

Johann Halbig, (also Johann von Halbig) (13 July 1814 – 29 August 1882) was a German sculptor of the Classicism school.


He was born at Donnersdorf in Lower Franconia and was educated at the Polytechnical School and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. After the early death of his teacher and employer Ernst Mayer he became his successor as professor of sculpture at the Polytechnic School in Munich, where most of his works can be found. His work is characterized by its decorative quality. Johann Halbig died in Munich and was buried in the Alter Südfriedhof.


His most notable production was the colossal group of a quadriga and lions on the triumphal arch (1847). He also carved the lions of the Pinakothek and statues of Roma and Minerva in the palace gardens. He created 18 colossal statues representing the leading German provinces for the Befreiungshalle at Kelheim; 60 busts for the Pinakothek (Munich); a statue of King Maximilian II for Lindau (1854); a monument of Count Platen at Ansbach (1858); the monument of Marshal Cachahiba d'Argolo in Bahía, Brazil; a statue of King Ludwig I of Bavaria for Kelheim. Among his later works are a statue of Fraunhofer in Munich (1866); an equestrian statue of King William I of Württemberg for Cannstatt (1876); the "Emancipation" group of sculpture in New York (1867–1868); and the "Passion" group at Oberammergau (1875).




  • PD-icon.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Halbig, Johann". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hyacinth Holland (1904), "Halbig, Johann", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 49, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 708–785
  • Joseph Alois Kuhn (Anonym): Professor Johann Halbig und seine Werke, ein Beitrag zur modernen Kunstgeschichte. Knorr & Hirth, München, 1879. Digitalisat MDZ
  • Longin Mößlein: Vom armen Bauernbuben zum geadelten Bildhauer in Schönere Heimat ISSN 0177-4492, Heft 2/2007 des Bayer. Landesvereins für Heimatpflege e.V.

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