Magnus, Eduard

BORN 7 Jan 1799, Berlin - DIED 8 Aug 1872, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Chausseestrasse (CK)

Eduard Magnus was the third son of Johann Matthias Magnus, who founded the Magnus Bank in Prussia. He was Jewish and converted to protestantism with his family in 1807. Eduard was educated at the Building Academy of Arts in Berlin and at Berlin University. When he was 23 years old he decided to become a painter. He studied under Jakob Schlesinger and first exhibited in 1826. He mostly lived in Italy for several years and the paintings he produced there made him a name in Germany. He also visited Paris and traveled to England.

He returned to Berlin in 1835 and in 1837 he became a member of the Academy of Arts. In 1844 he became a professor. By now he was mainly active as a portrait painter. Among the people he portrayed were Jenny Lind, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Bertel Thorvaldsen. Between 1850 and 1853 he travelled to France and Spain. In 1866 he became a member of the Senate of the Academy.

Related persons
• painted Lind, Jenny
• painted Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Cäcilie Sophie Charlotte
• painted Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix
• painted Menzel, Adolf Friedrich Erdmann
• was a friend of Winterhalter, Franz Xaver


The grave of Eduard Magnus at the Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (26 Mar 2007)


• Mende, Hans-Jürgen, Lexicon Berliner Grabstätten, Haude & Spener, 2006
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Eduard Magnus - Wikipedia

Magritte, René

Published: 10 Jun 2007
Last update: 27 Jan 2022