Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Mittelalterliche Stadt

Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841), “Mittelalterliche Stadt an einem Fluss” (1815). (Mediaeval Town on a River)

At an early age Schinkel expressed the wish to become an architect. He went for an education to the famous Gilly family. After the death of Friedrich Gilly, Schinkel finished works that his friend and teacher had started. With the money he earned he went on a study journey to Italy. When he returned in 1805, there was no work because Prussia suffered under a Napoleontic occupation, so he started painting. In 1826 he made a journey to England, where he visited the museums and industrial buildings. He was fascinated by the technical progress that was made in Britain. After Prinz Otto of Bayern was chosen as king of Greece, he was asked to build a palace on the acropolis in 1832. He died 9 October 1841 after having overworked for a long time…