STIELER, Karl Joseph
(b. 1781, Mainz, d. 1858, München)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe1828
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.