Rietschel, Ernst

BORN 15 Dec 1804, Pulsnitz, Sachsen (near Dresden) - DIED 21 Feb 1861, Dresden, Sachsen
GRAVE LOCATION Dresden, Sachsen: Trinitatisfriedhof, Fiedlerstraße 1, Johannstadt-Nord (III J Westseite (Wandgrab))

Ernst Rietschel studied art in Dresden before he became a pupil of Rauch in Berlin. In 1827-1828 he studied in Rome. Back in Saxony his huge statue of King Frederick Augustus attacted attention. In 1832 he became a professor at the Academy in Dresden. Johannes Schilling and Adolf von Donndorf were among his pupils.

He is best remembered for his statue of Goethe and Schiller in front of the Nationaltheater in Weimar. He also made a statue of Weber for Dresden and of Lessing for Braunschweig. His statue of Luther for Worms was never executed. Many funerary monuments at the Trinitatisfriedhof in Dresden are by his design. He was buried there himself after his death in 1861.

Related persons
• knew Facius, Angelika Bellonata
• made a sculpture of Lüttichau, Ida von
• was pupil to Rauch, Christian Daniel


The grave of Ernst Rietschel at the Trinitatisfriedhof, Dresden.
Picture by Androom (07 Aug 1998)


Bust of Ernst Rietschel at the Brühl Terrace, where he once had his studio.
Picture by Androom (09 Feb 2005)



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Published: 19 Dec 2008
Last update: 25 Apr 2022