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Unveiling of the Richard-Wagner Monument in the Tiergarten
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    • Anton von Werner (1843 - 1915)

  • TitleUnveiling of the Richard-Wagner Monument in the Tiergarten
  • Date1908
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl auf Leinwand
  • Dimensions227 x 312,3 cm (Bildmaß), 257 x 344 x 13,5 cm (Rahmenmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert und datiert unten links Mitte: "A v W 1908"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 0194/76
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln der Stiftung DKLB und aus Mitteln des Senators für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Berlin, 1975
  • On DisplayYes

In 1871 Anton von Werner moved to Berlin, now the capital of a newly united Germany. In 1874 he was appointed director of the newly founded Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. Von Werner, whose views on art found favour with the Kaiser’s conservative taste, was known above all for his large historical canvases. Sculptor Gustav Eberlein was commissioned by Ludwig Leichner, a cosmetics manufacturer, to build a monument to the composer Richard Wagner. The solemn unveiling of this statue took place in Berlin’s Tiergarten on October 1, 1903. In the last of his major monumental works, on which he worked for five years, Anton von Werner immortalised numerous important personages from the arts, industry and politics.

In 1874 he was appointed