STIELER, Karl Joseph
(b. 1781, Mainz, d. 1858, München)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oil on canvas, 78,0 x 63,8 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich

Goethe was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist, one of the great masters of world literature, his genius embraced most fields of human endeavor; his art and thought are epitomized in his great dramatic poem Faust. 19th-century composers - among others Franz Schubert - composed many sonds based on Goethe's poems.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 7 minutes):
Franz Schubert: An den Mond (To the Moon) (Goethe) D 296