DANNECKER, Heinrich
(b. 1758, Stuttgart, d. 1841, Stuttgart)

Self-Portrait

1796
Plaster, painted bronze, height 74,5 cm
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart

In the south of Germany, it was principally Dannecker of Stuttgart who proved capable of matching the mastery of the great Prussian sculptors. He saw himself in his self-portrait vigorous and self-assured, gazing into the distance as a free, independent artist living a life of his own making. There is a noticeably strong resemblance between it and the famous bust of Schiller (c. 1794), in which Dannecker reproduced the idealized image of the free artist.




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