Schadow-Godenhaus, Wilhelm Friedrich von

BORN 6 Sep 1788, Berlin - DIED 19 Mar 1862, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Hofgartenstrasse 8
GRAVE LOCATION Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Golzheimer Friedhof, Fischerstrasse (Feld II)

Wilhelm Friedrich Schadow was the son of the sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764-1850). He studied with Friedich Georg Weitsch (1758-1828). He served as a soldier in 1806-1807 and in 1810 he went to Rome to continue his studies. In Rome he mostly painted biblical and mythical subjects and he became one of the leading painters of the Nazarene Art movement. In 1814 he converted from the Protestant to the Catholic faith.

In 1819 Karl Friedrich Schinkel asked him to return to Berlin, where he became a professor at the Academy in Berlin. In 1820 he married Charlotte von Groschke, a daughter of court physician Johann Gottlieb von Groschke (1760-1828). They had a daughter, Sophie, and a son, Johann Gottfried Rudolf. From 1822 to 1825 Schadow headed a large studio with many students. In 1826 he was appointed Director of the Academy in Düsseldorf and his best students from Berlin followed him there. He promoted Christian art in Düsseldorf and his dispute with professor Heinroich Christoph Kolbe led to the latter leaving the Academy in 1832. A group of Schadow's students became well known as the School of Düsseldorf. In 1843 he was knighted in Prussia and he changed his name to Schadow-Godenhaus. Schadow held his position in Düsseldorf until 1859. He had suffered a stroke in 1857 and there was opposition against the spiritual style of painting that he had promoted for many years. He died in 1862 in Düsseldorf.

• Father: Schadow, Johann Gottfried
• Daughter: Schadow-Hasenclever, Sophie
• Brother: Schadow, Rudolf

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The grave of Wilhelm and Charlotte von Schadow-Godenhaus at the Golzheimer Friedhof in Düsseldorf.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2005)


Statue of Wilhelm von Schadow in Düsseldorf.
Picture by Androom (18 Jul 2015)


"Wilhelmine Luise Pinzessin von Anhalt-Bernburg, vermählte Prinzessin von Preussen".
(Dessau: Anhältische Gemäldegalerie)

   (Oil on canvas, Leipzig: Museum der bildende Künste)

Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow - Wikipedia

Schadow-Hasenclever, Sophie

Published: 14 Dec 2008
Last update: 19 Nov 2023