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  • Portrait of Johann Wolfgang Goethe

    Artist:
    Jagemann, Ferdinand. 1780-1820
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    73x57 cm

Jagemann, Ferdinand. 1780-1820

Portrait of Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Germany, 1818

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) was a German poet and writer, statesman, philosopher and natural scientist. He wrote in various genres – poetry, drama and prose. In his youth Goethe was a leading figure in the Sturm und Drang movement and later in Weimar Classicism. His most famous work is Faust. Jagemann, who worked in his native Weimar, is known primarily for his portraits of Goethe, whom he painted several times. For the artist, who was close to the grand-ducal court, Goethe was less a great poet than a high-ranking government official, a holder of the Order of the White Falcon, the highest honour of the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. This particular portrait was made in 1818 and immediately sent off to St Petersburg through the agency of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, the daughter of Emperor Paul I, who was married to Grand Duke Charles Frederick of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. It was intended for Count Sergei Uvarov (1786–1855), probably in connection with his appointment in January 1818 to the presidency of the Academy of Sciences.

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Portrait of Johann Wolfgang Goethe

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oil

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73x57 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1931; handed over by the Antikvariat All-Union Association; originally in the State Historical Museum in Moscow

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-7341

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