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Gottfried Schadow
 
 
 
 
Gottfried Schadow, in full Johann Gottfried Schadow (born May 20, 1764, Berlin, Prussia [Germany]—died Jan. 27, 1850, Berlin), German sculptor, regarded as the founder of the modern Berlin school of sculptors.

Schadow was trained under the court sculptor Jean-Pierre-Antoine Tassaert and in Rome (1785–87), where he studied under Antonio Canova. In 1788 he succeeded Tassaert as director of the Prussian royal school of sculpture in Berlin. His first monumental work was the tombstone for Count Alexander von der Mark (1790), in which he portrayed the nine-year-old count as a sleeping shepherd boy. His best-known work is the “Quadriga of Victory” (1793), a statue of a chariot drawn by four horses, atop the Brandenburg Gate. Among his finest works is the group of the princesses Luise and Friederike of Prussia (1797).

In later years Schadow’s sight was affected and he turned more and more to writing on art theory. One of his sons, Rudolf Schadow (1786–1822) was also a sculptor, and another, Wilhelm von Schadow-Godenhaus (1788–1862), became well known as a painter.

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Self-portrait bust
c. 1790–1794
 
 
 


Julie Molter
1792
 
 
 


Johann August von Beyer
1803
 
 
 


Quadriga
1793
Chased copper on wood, height 550 cm
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin





Bust of Friedrich Gilly
1801
Marble, height 65 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin




Monument to General von Zieten
c. 1794
Model, height 73 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin




Reclining Girl
1826
Marble, 34 x 95 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin




Reclining Girl
1826
Marble, 34 x 95 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin




Busts of Henry I (the Fowler), King of the Germans, his Son Emperor Otto the Great, and Emperor Conrad II (the Salian)
1830-42
Marble
Valhalla, near Regensburg

 
 
 


Amor und Psyche
 
 
 


Friederike von Preuben
 
 
 


Friederike von Preuben (detail)
 
 
 


L'Espoir
 
 
 


"Gräfin Lichtenau"
 
 
 


Portrait of Karl August von Hardenberg
 
 
 


Crown Princess Louise and Princess Frederica of Prussia
1796-97
Marble, height 172 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Schadow's famous statue of Friederica (right), with her sister, Louise
 
 
 


Crown Princess Louise and Princess Frederica of Prussia (detail)
 
 
 

Crown Princess Louise and Princess Frederica of Prussia
1796-97
Marble, height 172 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

 
 
 


Grabmal des Prinzen Alexander von der Mark; Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin
 
 
 


Monument of Count von der Mark
1788-89
Marble
Dorotheenstädtische Kirche, Berlin
 
 
 

Monument of Count von der Mark
1788-89
Marble
Dorotheenstädtische Kirche, Berlin

 
 
 

 
 
 
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