Kaulbach, Wilhelm von

BORN 15 Oct 1805, Arolsen, Waldeck - DIED 7 Apr 1874, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (left wall 279/280)

Wilhelm Kaulbach started his painting studies in Düsseldorf in 1821, then led by Peter von Cornelius. In 1824 Cornelius became director of the Bavarian Academy and Kaulback followed him to Munich. There he produced sixteen paintings on the theme of Amor and Psyche for the dance room of the palace of Duke Max in Bayern.

After Cornelius moved to Berlin, Kaulbach succeeded him in 1843 as the director of the Bavarian Academy. He held this office until his death in 1874. His son Hermann von Kaulbach also became a distinguished painter. The painter Friedrich Kaulbach was his cousin.

Work: "Die Hunnenschlacht" (1834, frescoe at the Neues Museum, Berlin); "Die Zerstörung von Jerusalem" ("The Destruction of Jerusalem", 1846, Neune Pinakothek, München); "Kaiser Otto III In Der Gruft Karls Des Grossen" (1859, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg).

• Son: Kaulbach, Hermann von

Related persons
• was pupil to Cornelius, Peter von
• employed Echter, Michael
• is cousin of Kaulbach, Friedrich
• is uncle/aunt of Kaulbach, Friedrich August von
• inspired Liszt, Franz
• employed Romako, Anton


The grave of Wilhelm Kaulbach at the Alte Südfriedhof, München.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2008)


Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Wilhelm von Kaulbach - Wikipedia

Kaupert, Gustav

Published: 13 Dec 2009
Last update: 11 Jul 2020