Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
|AUTHOR, POET, COUNCILLOR (GERMANY)|
BORN 28 Aug 1749, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen: Hirschgraben - DIED 22 Mar 1832, Weimar, Thüringen|
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Friedhof vor dem Frauentor (Alter Friedhof) (Fürstengruft)
Son of the imperial councillor Johann Caspar Goethe. From 1765 he studied law in Leipzig, but in bored him and he spent much of his time in society. He lived a wild life and afther three years he returned to Frankfurt with a hemorrhage of the lungs and a tumor on the neck. After he recovered, in 1770 he continued his law studies in Strasbourg.
In 1772 the son of a preacher named Johann Jerusalem committed suicide. This event was the inspiration for Goethe's "Die Leiten des jungen Werthers" (1774, translated as "Sorrows of Young Werther").
In Sep 1775 Duke Karl August invited him to Weimar, where he was offered a permanent situation as privy councillor at the court in 1779. This appointment resulted in a scandal, since Goethe was no nobleman. Goethe became the friend and companion of the Duke and was became the rising star of society in Weimar.
In 1786 he travelled to Italy for two years. This experience made him feel like reborn. In Rome he stayed with the painter Tischbein, with whom he also travelled in Italy.
Back in Germany he met Christiane Vulpius in 1788. She went to live with him and bore him five children. In 1789 Goethe became a member of the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts and in 1790 he travelled to Italy for the second time. In Venice he studied art, but this visit was a dissapointment for Goethe, whose love for Italy soon cooled down.
He became the director of the new theatre in Weimar and in that position he was more visible for the citizens. His famous friendship with Schiller started in 1796. They first met in 1794, but after they saw each other again in 1796 a close friendship ensued that only ended with Schiller's death in 1805. Schiller stimulated Goethe's creativity and the latter returned to poetry. Meanwhile, Schiller wrote his great works "Wallenstein" and "Maria Stuart".
After Schiller died Goethe completely lost his interest in literature for a while. The French army ransacked Weimar in 1806 and in these troubled days he finally married Christiane on 19 Oct 1806.
On 2 Oct 1808 he visited Napoleon, who resided in Erfurt at the time. Napoleon told Goethe he had read Werther about seven times and invited him to Paris. A few days later they met again in Weimar. After Napoleon's defeat in Russia he travelled through Weimar during the night of 15 Dec 1812 and he sent his greetings to Goethe.
Goethe was 81 years old when he completed the second part of his dramatic "Faust" on 22 Jul 1831. He had started working on "Faust" 57 years earlier. He died in March of the next year in Weimar.
Son: Goethe, Julius August Walter
Wife: Vulpius, Christiane (1806-1816, Weimar: Jakobskirche)
corresponded with Bagration, Catharina
knew Becker-Neumann, Christiane
met Beethoven, Ludwig van
was a friend of Behrisch, Ernst Wolfgang
was a friend of Bethmann-Unzelmann, Friederike Auguste
was a friend of Boisserée, Sulpice
corresponded with Byron, George Noel Gordon
has a connection with Carus, Carl Gustav
was written about by Chamberlain, Houston Stewart
met Constant de Rebecque, Benjamin
was a friend of Coudray, Clemens Wenzeslaus
employed Eberwein, Carl
was written about by Eckermann, Johann Peter
supported Facius, Angelika Bellonata
admired Gellert, Christian Fürchtegott
was visited by Grillparzer, Franz
met Grimm, Ludwig Emil
was admired by Gundolf, Friedrich
knew Herz, Henriette
knew Hölderlin, Friedrich
had as physician Hufeland, Christoph Wilhelm
was a friend of Hummel, Johann Nepomuk
was opponent of Jagemann, Caroline
was painted by Jagemann, Ferdinand Karl Christian
had a relationship with Kanne, Anna Katharina
was a friend of Kauffmann, Angelica
was painted by Kauffmann, Angelica
was a friend of Kestner-Buff, Charlotte
met Kleist, Heinrich von
was opponent of Kotzebue, August von
cooperated with La Roche, Karl, Ritter von
was a friend of Lavater, Johann Caspar
influenced Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
was a friend of Meyer, Johann Heinrich
admired Milder-Hauptmann, Anna
was a friend of Müller, Friedrich Theodor Adam Heinrich von
met Napoleon I Bonaparte
wrote about Neuber, Friederike Caroline
corresponded with Neureuther, Eugen Napoleon
was visited by Nöggerath, Johann Jacob
was teacher to Oels, Karl Ludwig
had work illustrated by Ramberg, Johann Heinrich
employed Riemer, Friedrich Wilhelm
met Robinson, Henry Crabb
met Rohden, Johann Martin von
corresponded with Runge, Philip Otto
had work translated by Sabatier, François
was visited by Sand, Karl Ludwig
was sculpted by Scheffer, Cornelia
was a friend of Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich von
was painted by Schmeller, Johann Joseph
knew Schopenhauer, Adele
admired Schröter, Corona
met Schwab, Gustav
knew Schwerdgeburth, Carl August
was painted by Seidler, Louise
was a friend of Stein, Charlotte von
was painted by Stieler, Joseph
met Thackeray, William Makepeace
knew Tieck, Johann Ludwig
knew Varnhagen von Ense, Karl-August
knew Varnhagen von Ense, Rahel
supported Vulpius, Christian August
helped Wagner, Johann Martin von
knew Weber, Carl Maria von
knew Willemer, Marianne von
employed Wolff, Pius Alexander
|2/10/1808||Goethe on audience with Napoleon at the palace in Erfurt. It was the first meeting between the two and Talleyrand, Berthier and Savary were there as well. When he was first invited in 1806 Goethe had excused himself for health reasons and during Napoleon's second visit to Weimar, Goethe was in Karlsbad. Napoleon spoke to Goethe about "Die Leiden des jüngen Wethers" and Goethe observed that the emperor knew it very well. [Napoleon I Bonaparte]|
|6/10/1808||Goethe meets Napoleon during the Court Ball in Weimar. It was their second meeting, after Napoleon had received him in Erfurt four days before. Napoleon invited Goethe to come to Paris to write a Caesar tragedy. In his opinion there was no good work yet on this subject. On 14 Oct 1808 Goethe received the Légion d'Honneur. [Napoleon I Bonaparte]|
|0/7/1812||Beethoven and Goethe meet in Teplice. Both were in that city at the time and Bettina von Arnim arranged their first meeting. They saw each other several more times during the next days. [Beethoven, Ludwig van]|
|15/12/1812||Napoleon passes through Weimar on his way back from Russia. It happened during the night and he sent his greetings to Goethe. [Napoleon I Bonaparte]|
|29/7/1814||Johann Wolfgang Goethe arrives in Wiesbaden. He stayed in Hotel Adler before he moved to Hotel Bären where his friend C.F. Zelter stayed as well. Het met many people in Wiesbaden and he was often invited by Friedrich August von Nassa to dine at Schloss Biebrich. |
|4/8/1814||Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is visited by Johann Jacob von Willemer and his stepdaughter Marianne in Wiesbaden. Goethe knew him for a long time and Willemer's stepdaughter Marianne Jung was with him. Within a short time Willemer would marry Marianne, allthough he had formally adopted her. A secret love affair between Goethe and Marianne would develop afterwards. [Willemer, Marianne von]|
|15/8/1823||Anne Milder-Hauptmann performs in Marienbad for Goethe. Goethe wrote afterwards that she managed to make four small songs big and the remembrance of her performance brought tears into his eyes. [Milder-Hauptmann, Anna]|
|20/10/1828||Nöggerath dines with Goethe. He was on his way back to Bonn from the Verein der Naturforscher in Berlin and he was very welcome. He told Goethe about the mineralogical circumstances in the area around Bonn. [Nöggerath, Johann Jacob]|
|12/5/1945||The Coffins of Goethe and Schiller are returned to the Fürstengruft in Weimar. Gauleiter Fritz Sauckel had them transported to Jena and ordered to blow them up when the allied troops would arrive. This was avoided. [Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich von]|
Temporary replica of Goethe's garden house, only a few hundred meters away from the original in Weimar.
Picture by Androom (30 Apr 1999)
The coffins of Goethe and Schiller in the Fürstengruft at the Friedhof vor dem Frauentor in Weimar.
Picture by Androom (30 Apr 1999)
The statue of Goethe and Schiller in Weimar.
Picture by Androom (30 Apr 1999)
Goethe's garden house in Weimar.
Picture by Androom (05 Feb 2005)
The house where Goethe visited Lavater in Zürich at the Obere Zäune 11.
Picture by Androom (18 Aug 2005)
The statue of Goethe at the Burggarten, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (20 Aug 2007)
The Goethe museum at Ilmenau.
Picture by Androom (05 Mar 2009)
Statue of Goethe at the Villa Borghese Park, Rome.
Picture by Androom (25 Jan 2010)
Goethe Memorial at the Schloss-Herrngarten in Darmstadt.
Picture by Androom (28 apr 2013)
Goethe statue at the Goetheplatz, Frankfurt am Main.
Picture by Androom (03 May 2013)
The statue of Goethe and Schiller in Weimar seen from behind.
Picture by Androom (01 Aug 2016)
Blumenfeld, Carl, Goethe, Taschen, 1986
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Gorys, Erhard, Thüringen, Artemis Reis- en Cultuurgids, Kok Lyra, Kampen, 1996
A meeting of genius: Beethoven and Goethe, July 1812 | gramophone.co.uk
Goethe's Birth and Education
MUGI - Musik und Gender im internet