Teenager, master tailor and court president

Johann Gottfried Schadow’s portrait busts of bourgeois Berlin

Johann Gottfried Schadow: Portrait bust of Marianne Schlegel, 1805, plaster cast after 1960
© Stadtmuseum Berlin | Photo: Oliver Ziebe

As part of an intervention within the exhibition “Everyday Life in Biedermeier Berlin”, ten busts created by Schadow and artists in his entourage are currently on display in the Museum Knoblauchhaus.

Museum Knoblauchhaus
Poststraße 23
10178 Berlin

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Around 1800, portrait busts were a popular way for families to display prominent personalities, as well as friends and family members, in their homes. While sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow is best known as the creator of the Quadriga sculpture on top of the Brandenburg Gate, he also created numerous busts, mostly of subjects from his own bourgeois milieu. In a departure from the neoclassical portrait tradition which idealised its subjects, his vivid and lifelike portrayals resonated with the emerging tastes of his day.

Schadow in Berlin

The selection presented includes a wide variety of bourgeois portraits busts from the collections of the Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Nationalgalerie, as well as from private collections. This intervention in the Museum Knoblauchhaus is conceived as a complement the Johann Gottfried Schadow retrospective in the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Ridolfo Schadow exhibition at Schloss Charlottenburg.

The “Minerva” relief panel in the entrance area of the Knoblauchhaus Museum
© Stadtmuseum Berlin | Photo: Romina Becker

A true rarity on display

For the entire duration of the exhibition intervention, the relief panel “Minerva” will be exhibited on the ground floor of the Museum Knoblauchhaus, a section of Schadow’s monumental but rarely shown work “Münzfries”.
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