Embracing Forms – Johann Gottfried Schadow

21.10.2022 to 19.02.2023
Alte Nationalgalerie

Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764–1850), known as the “father of the Berlin school of sculpture”, played a key role in the development of sculpture in Germany. He also made significant contributions to European classicism, a tendency that is inextricably linked with German sculpture. If you look at any overview of this period, you are sure to find the captivating and stunning Luise and Friederike, princesses of Prussia; and you’d be hard pressed to find a single report on the city of Berlin fails to include Schadow’s 1793 creation, the quadriga from the Brandenburg Gate.

Since the last retrospective, much has been revealed about the work of Johann Gottfried Schadow. Not only that, but thanks in particular to the large-scale restoration project of the plaster original of the Princess Group, new discoveries have also been made about the sculptor’s workshop and his working methods. Making it high time for a new retrospective. 

Schadow’s Masterpiece: The Princess Group

In a special exhibition focusing on Schadow’s masterpiece the Princess Group, the 1795 plaster original and the 1797 finished marble version of the statue will be presented side-by-side for the first time. In light of the knowledge gained through the restoration project, exhibition organisers hope that by displaying the two versions next to each other, it will allow for a re-evaluation of the exceptional artistry and production power of sculpture workshops around the turn of the 19th century.

The exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Freunde der Nationalgalerie. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue.


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