Restoration of the Princess Group by Johann Gottfried Schadow


Double Statue of Princesses Luise and Friederike of Prussia by Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764–1850), an iconic example of Neoclassicism, is one of the Alte Nationalgalerie’s highlights. The marble sculpture from 1797 greets museum visitors from its position in the concourse. An earlier plaster version from 1795 served to transpose the composition into marble. The original plaster model is currently heavily damaged, has been structurally (incorrectly) altered, and is in dire need of conservation treatments; it was the focus of an extensive analysis and was restored from the beginning of 2019 until 2022.

The restoration and research project on the original plaster model of the princess group was funded by the Hermann Reemtsma Foundation, the Rudolf August Oetker Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of the Federal States.

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