Rauch, Christian Daniel

SCULPTOR (HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE)
BORN 2 Jan 1777, Arolsen, Hessen - DIED 3 Dec 1857, Dresden
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof (CAL (Ehrengrab, 5. Weg li., li. S.))

Christian Daniel Rauch was a pupil of the sculptors Friedrich Valentin and Johann Christian Ruhl.

After his older brother died in 1797 he succeeded him as chamberlain to the king of Prussia. In 1803 he became assistant to Johann Gottfried Schadow. He had an affair with Wilhelmine Schulze (1783-1855), but he didn't marry her. In 1804 they had a daughter, Agnes.

In 1804 he went to Rome on a six years stipendium from the king. In Rome he met Canova and Thorvaldsen. In 1811 he returned to Berlin. Queen Louise had died and he had received a commission to create a monument for her at a mausoleum that was to be built at Charlottenburg. The life size sculpture of Louise made him famous. In 1812 Wilhelmine bore him another daughter, Doris.

Rauch created many statues of famous people, among them of Blücher at Breslau, of Friedrich II on horseback in Berlin and of king Maximilian of Bavaria in Munich.

In Berlin was a Christian-Daniel-Rauch-Museum, but is was destroyed by bombs during the Second World War. Nowadays the house were he was born in Arolsen is a museum.

Related persons
• was teacher to Drake, Friedrich
• was teacher to Facius, Angelika Bellonata
• worked for Friedrich Wilhelm III, king of Prussia
• made a sculpture of Louise von Mecklenburg-Strelitz, königin von Preussen
• was teacher to Rietschel, Ernst
• influenced Schievelbein, Hermann
• was painted by Schmeller, Johann Joseph

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Christian Daniel Rauch – Wikipedia

Images

The monument for queen Louise of Prussia in Mausoleum of the Schlosspark at Charlottenburg, Berlin. It was created by C.D. Rauch.
Picture by Androom (18-08-1996)

 

The monument for queen Louise of Prussia in Mausoleum of the Schlosspark at Charlottenburg, Berlin. It was created by C.D. Rauch.
Picture by Androom (18-08-1996)

 

The grave monument of G.J.D. von Scharnhorst at the Invalidenfriedhof in Berlin. It was designed by K.F. Schinkel, C.D. Rauch and F. Tieck.
Picture by Androom (19-08-1996)

 

The grave of C.D. Rauch at the Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (26 Mar 2007)

 


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Published: 6 May 2007
Last update: 1 Jun 2015