Hess, Heinrich Maria von

BORN 19 Apr 1798, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 29 Mar 1863, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (40-12-07/08)

Son of the copper engraver Karl Ernst Hess (1755-1828). The painter Peter von Hess was his brother. In was first educated by his father. The family moved to Munich in 1806 and in 1813 he entered the Art Academy in that city. One of his first works was acquirerd by queen Caroline.

In 1821 he travelled to Rome to study the old masters. He returned in 1826 and settled in Munich. He became a pofessor at the Art Academy and he decorated the Göttersaal at the Glyptothek with "Daphne in den Armen Apollos" (after Peter von Cornelius). He was also active as a glass painter and supported by king Ludwig I he started his own glass painting studio.

He created painting for several churches in Munich and also worked in St. Petersburg. Ludwig I enobled him in 1844. He started his own painting school but the royal support that was promised never materialised and he had to close the school soon afterwards.

In 1848 he became the director of the Alte Pinakothek and he was involved in the foundation of the Neue Pinakothek. He died in 1863 in Munich.

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• was supported by Ludwig I, König von Bayern
• knew Neher, Michael


The grave of Heinrich von Hess at the Alte Südfriedhof, München.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2008)


• Fischer, Manfred F., Ruhmeshalle und Bavaria, Bayerische Verwaltung der Staatlichen Schlösser, München, 1987
Heinrich Maria von Hess – Wikipedia

Hess, Karl-Heinz

Published: 17 Jan 2016
Last update: 15 Feb 2022