Karl Friedrich Schinkel

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Karl Friedrich Schinkel
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{{Refimprove|date=March 2018}}(File:Schinkel1.jpg|thumb|Schinkel in 1836)Karl Friedrich Schinkel (13 March 1781 – 9 October 1841) was a Prussian architect, city planner, and painter who also designed furniture and stage sets. Schinkel was one of the most prominent architects of Germany and designed both neoclassical and neogothic buildings.Karl Friedrich Schinkel – Facts, information, pictures – His most famous buildings are found in and around Berlin.


File:Franz Ludwig Catel Karl Friedrich Schinkel in Neapel.tif|thumbnail|upright|left|Franz Ludwig CatelFranz Ludwig Catel(File:Briefmarke Karl Friedrich Schinkel.jpg|thumbnail|upright|A stamp with Schinkel's Altes Museum)Schinkel was born in Neuruppin, Margraviate of Brandenburg. When he was six, his father died in the disastrous Neuruppin fire of 1787. He became a student of architect Friedrich Gilly (1772–1800) (the two became close friends) and his father, David Gilly, in Berlin. After returning to Berlin from his first trip to Italy in 1805, he started to earn his living as a painter. When he saw Caspar David Friedrich's painting Wanderer above the Sea of Fog at the 1810 Berlin art exhibition he decided that he would never reach such mastery of painting and turned to architecture. {{Citation needed|date=March 2018}} Working for the stage, in 1816 he created a star-spangled backdrop for the appearance of the "Königin der Nacht" in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, which is even quoted in modern productions of this perennial piece. After Napoleon's defeat, Schinkel oversaw the Prussian Building Commission. In this position, he was not only responsible for reshaping the still relatively unspectacular city of Berlin into a representative capital for Prussia, but also oversaw projects in the expanded Prussian territories from the Rhineland in the west to Königsberg in the east, such as New Altstadt Church.From 1808 to 1817 Schinkel renovated and reconstructed Schloss Rosenau, Coburg, in the Gothic Revival style.Charles Quest-Ritson, 'Coburg: Schloß Rosenau', in Gärten in Deutschland, p. 64 online (in German) He also rebuilt the ruins of Chorin Abbey.


(File:Karl Friedrich Schinkel Moskowitischer Entwurf Grundriss.tif|thumb|left| Floorplan)(File:Karl Friedrich Schinkel - Schloß am Strom - Google Art Project.jpg|thumb|Castle by the River (Schloß am Strom))(File:Karl Friedrich Schinkel - Gotische Kirche auf einem Felsen am Meer - Google Art Project.jpg|thumb|Gotische Kirche auf einem Felsen am Meer)Schinkel's style, in his most productive period, is defined by a turn to Greek rather than Imperial Roman architecture, an attempt to turn away from the style that was linked to the recent French occupiers. (Thus, he is a noted proponent of the Greek Revival.) He believed that in order to avoid sterility and have a soul, a building must contain elements of the poetic and the past, and have a discourse with them.NEWS,weblink Wie Bürger für die Schönheit ihrer Städte kämpfen, Guratzsch, Dankwart, 2016-01-13, Welt Online, 2016-05-24, BOOK, Karl Friederich Schinkel: Aspects Of His Work, Peik, Susan M., Axel Menges, 2001, 978-3-930698-81-3, Stuttgart/London, 7, His most famous extant buildings are found in and around Berlin. These include the Neue Wache (1816–1818), the National Monument for the Liberation Wars (1818–1821), the Schauspielhaus (1819–1821) at the Gendarmenmarkt, which replaced the earlier theatre that was destroyed by fire in 1817, and the Altes Museum on Museum Island (1823–1830). He also carried out improvements to the Crown Prince's Palace and to Schloss Charlottenburg. Schinkel was also responsible for the interior decoration of a number of private Berlin residences. Although the buildings themselves have long been destroyed portions of a stairwell from the Weydinger House could be rescued and built into the Nicolaihaus on Brüderstr. and its formal dining hall into the Palais am Festungsgraben.Between 1825–1827, he collaborated with Carl Theodor Ottmer on designs for the Berliner Singakademie for Sing-Akademie zu Berlin. Since 1952, it has been known as the Maxim Gorki Theatre.Malgorzata Omilanowska {{google books|EX6tAAAAQBAJ|DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Berlin (20|page=71}}Later, Schinkel moved away from classicism altogether, embracing the Neo-Gothic in his Friedrichswerder Church (1824–1831). Schinkel's Bauakademie (1832–1836), his most innovative building, eschewed historicist conventions and seemed to point the way to a clean-lined "modernist" architecture that would become prominent in Germany only toward the beginning of the 20th century.Schinkel died in Berlin, Province of Brandenburg.Schinkel, however, is noted as much for his theoretical work and his architectural drafts as for the relatively few buildings that were actually executed to his designs. Some of his merits are best shown in his unexecuted plans for the transformation of the Athenian Acropolis into a royal palace for the new Kingdom of Greece and for the erection of the Orianda Palace in the Crimea. These and other designs may be studied in his Sammlung architektonischer Entwürfe (1820–1837) and his Werke der höheren Baukunst (1840–1842; 1845–1846). He also designed the famed Iron Cross medal of Prussia, and later Germany.It has been speculated, however, that due to the difficult political circumstances – French occupation and the dependency on the Prussian king – and his relatively early death, which prevented him from seeing the explosive German industrialization in the second half of the 19th century, he was not able to live up to the true potential exhibited by his sketches.

Paintings and drawings

{{Clear}}File:Karl Friedrich Schinkel - Medieval Town by Water - WGA21002.jpg|Gothic Cathedral by the WaterFile:Karl Friedrich Schinkel - Stage set for Mozart's Magic Flute - WGA21001.jpg|Karl Friedrich Schinkel's stage set for Mozart's Magic FluteFile:Karl Friedrich Schinkel Allegorie auf Beuth, den Pegasus reitend, 1837.tif|Christian Peter Wilhelm Beuth and Prussia's industrial renewal's allegoryFile:1815 Schinkel Mittelalterliche Stadt an einem Fluss anagoria.JPG|Medieval City on a RiverFile:Karl Friedrich Schinkel - The Gate in the Rocks - WGA20999.jpg|Rock ArchFile:1813 Schinkel Blick auf den Mont Blanc anagoria.JPG|View of Mont BlancFile:Karl Friedrich Schinkel - Der Morgen - Google Art Project.jpg|Morning


File:Konzerths_3a.jpg|Konzerthaus, BerlinFile:Berlin altes Museum und Lustgarten um 1900.jpg|Altes MuseumFile:Berlin - Friedrichswerdersche Kirche, 2006 1.jpg|Friedrichswerdersche Kirche File:Pc 150036 Nikolaikirche.jpg|Potsdam NikolaikircheFile:Alexander Nevsky chapel, Peterhof, Schinkel.JPG|Alexander Nevsky chapel, Peterhof, RussiaFile:Schloss Stolzenfels 01 Koblenz 2015.jpg|Schloss Stolzenfels(File:Drake Schinkel.jpg|thumb|120px|Monument to Schinkel)

See also

References and sources

  • Karl Friedrich Schinkel 1781 - 1841: the drama of architecture, ed. by John Zukowsky. With essays by Kurt W. Forster and Wolfgang Pehnt, {{ISBN|0-86559-105-9}}.
  • Jörg Trempler: Schinkels Motive, Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2007, {{ISBN|978-3-88221-866-4}}.
  • Christoph Werner: Schloss am Strom. Die Geschichte vom Leben und Sterben des Baumeisters Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Bertuch-Verlag, Weimar 2004, {{ISBN|3-937601-11-2}}.
  • Christoph von Wolzogen: Karl Friedrich Schinkel: Unter dem bestirnten Himmel. Biographie. Edition Fichter, Frankfurt 2016, {{ISBN|978-3-943856-33-0}}.

External links

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  • EB1911, Schinkel, Karl Friedrich,
  • WEB, Carter, Rand, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, The Last Great Architect,weblink Prefatory essay from Collection of Architectural Designs including those designs which have been executed and objects whose execution was intended by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (Chicago: Exedra Books Incorporated, 1981). Also used as a reference.
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