KNOBELSDORFF, Georg Wenceslaus von
(b. 1699, Kuckädel, d. 1753, Berlin)

Exterior view

1740 (designed)
Opera House, Berlin

Since the mid-18th century, one of the most important civil building tasks had been the construction of theatres, and the historical development from Neoclassicism through to Revivalism can be clearly followed in them. Knobelsdorff's opera house on Unter den Linden in Berlin, designed in 1740, with its clear cubic separation of the building masses and the central portico, anticipates the trend towards Neoclassicism.

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