Vulpius, Christiane

BORN 1 Jun 1765, Weimar, Thüringen - DIED 6 Jun 1816, Weimar, Thüringen
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Jakobskirchhof

Christiane Vulpius came from a poor family, allthough her father had studied law for a while. She met Goethe on 12 Jul 1788 as she spoke to him to ask for help for her brother, who needed help as a starting writer. Goethe supported her brother and soon he and Christiane started a love affair. After a year their first child was born, a boy named August. Four other children followed, but they all died young.

She lived with Goethe in his house, buy the court and the society of Weimar disapproved of the liaison and he could not show her to the world. This lasted until 1806. She managed to stop plundering french soldiers at the door of their house until Goethe had acquired the official protection of the french commander. They married a few days later at the Jakobskirche. On Goethe's request Johanna Schopenhauer formally invited Christiane to tea to help introduce her to society.

Christiane loved the theatre. She visited plays in Weimar as well as in other places. By 1815 her health was failing and in 1816 she died after a period of illnes. She was buried at the Jakobskirchhof in Weimar. For a long time the location of her grave was unknown, but after researching old documents the location was rediscovered and a new stone was placed there.

• Son: Goethe, Julius August Walter
• Husband: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1806-1816, Weimar: Jakobskirche)

Related persons
• was supported by Schopenhauer, Johanna
• is brother/sister of Vulpius, Christian August


The grave of Christiane Vulpius at the Jakobskirchhof, Weimar.
Picture by androom (21 May 2006)


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Waal, Anton de

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 19 Nov 2017