Wilhelm Johann Karl Zahn

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Wilhelm Johann Karl Zahn (21 August 1800 in Rodenberg, Schaumburg – 22 August 1871 in Berlin) was a German architect, painter and art critic.


He became professor in the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin, 1829. He superintended excavations at Herculaneum and Pompeii; cast the finest bronzes and silver vases for the Museum Borbonico; and was architect of many fine houses and villas in Pompeiian style in England and the United States.


  • The Most Beautiful Ornaments and the Most Notable Pictures from Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiæ (1828–30)
  • Ornaments of All Classical Periods of Art (1832–39)



  • Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainRines, George Edwin, ed. (1920). "Zahn, Johann Karl Wilhelm" . Encyclopedia Americana.
  • Alfred Gotthold Meyer (1898), "Zahn, Wilhelm Johann Karl", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 44, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 668–670

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