Hopfgarten, Emil Alexander

BORN 8 Apr 1821, Berlin - DIED 12 Sep 1856, Wiesbaden, Hessen: Biebrich
GRAVE LOCATION Wiesbaden, Hessen: Friedhof Biebrich, Bernhard May-Strasse, Biebrich

Emil Hopfgarten was the son of the ore founder Johann Ludwig Heinrich Hopfgarten (d.1844) from Berlin. He learned the foundry art in his father's workshop and at the Königlichen Eisengießerei Berlin before he studied sculpture at the Berlin Academy of Art under Ludwig Wichmann. In 1840 he went to Rome where his uncle Wilhelm Hopfgarten had a workshop. But he preferred sculpture and worked at Emil Wolff's studio. After further study in Naples and Florence he returned to Berlin in 1843, where he married in 1845.

He received several commissions from king Friedrich Wilhelm IV for tBerliner Schloss. When Duke Adolph of Nassau visited Berlin he met Hopfgarten and offered him work in Biebrich. He accepted and set up a studio at the Mosburg near Schloss Biebrich in 1848. In the same year he was commissioned to create a tomb for Duchess Elisabeth Michaelovna who had died young in 1845. The tomb he created is at the Russian Orthodox on the Neroberg in Wiesbaden. He also worked for the Cathedral in Speyer. In July 1856 he started suffering from a lung disease. He died two months later at the age of 35. After his death his work was exhibited at the Mosburg for 18 furhter years.

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The grave of Emil Hopfgarten at Friedhof Biebrich, Wiesbaden.
Picture by Androom (27 Jul 2018)


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Published: 09 Jul 2022
Last update: 07 Aug 2022