Johann Heinrich von Dannecker (1759 - 1841)

Ariadne on the Panther

Johann Heinrich von Dannecker, Ariadne on the Panther, Stuttgart, 1803-1814
Johann Heinrich von Dannecker, Ariadne on the Panther, Stuttgart, 1803-1814

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Johann Heinrich von Dannecker

1759 - 1841

The son of a ducal stable hand, Dannecker received his initial training as a sculptor in his native city of Stuttgart. In 1776 he entered the lifelong service of the Duke of Württemberg. After being appointed court sculptor in 1780, he went to Paris with Philipp Johann Scheffauer, where the two artists worked for Augustin Pajou before travelling on to Rome. In Rome, Dannecker was deeply impressed by the works of classical antiquity as well as those of Antonio Canova. After returning to Stuttgart, he went on to become the leading sculptor of German Classicism. He not only produced numerous portraits and statues with classical subjects, but also took part in the art-theoretical discussions of Friedrich von Schiller – a friend of his youth – and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
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