Famous Artists, History Highlights, Prussia...Northern Germany, Second Reich...1871 to 1918

Departure of King Wilhelm I. of Prussia to join the Army on July 13, 1870

An excerpt from "Departure of King Wilhelm I. of Prussia to join the Army on July 13, 1870" at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, by Adolph von Menzel. The King would return to Berlin 11 months later, in June 1871, not only victorious but also as the new Kaiser of the German Empire, already… Continue reading Departure of King Wilhelm I. of Prussia to join the Army on July 13, 1870

Famous Artists, First Reich...800 to 1806, History Highlights

German history has a long running connection with Italy

Kaiser Friedrich II at his court in Palermo, Italy Another interesting aspect of German history is the long running connection with Italy. For example, there is a statue of German Kaiser Friedrich II …who lived in the 13th century…still being honored today in Naples, Italy. The image here, painted by Arthur von Ramberg, portrays this… Continue reading German history has a long running connection with Italy

Famous Artists, Notes on German Culture

The fine detail of this 500 year old painting is a hallmark of Albrecht Dürer

This image of a young hare is one of the most viewed products in our on-line store. The title of this watercolor painting is “Feldhase”, or field rabbit, created over 500 years ago in Nuremburg, Germany by Albrecht Dürer. The fine detail exhibited here is a hallmark of this artist. Dürer has always been well-known… Continue reading The fine detail of this 500 year old painting is a hallmark of Albrecht Dürer

Famous Artists, Notes on German Culture

Carl Spitzweg was a German Pharmacist who became a famous artist

Carl Spitzweg, born in Unterpfaffenhofen in Bavaria, was a German Pharmacist who fell ill shortly after graduating from a Munich University. He used his prolonged period of illness to teach himself how to paint, at first by copying the works of Flemish masters. His professional career started when he sold his first work to a… Continue reading Carl Spitzweg was a German Pharmacist who became a famous artist

Famous Artists, Notes on German Culture

Berlin at Night 1939 and two other famous posters by Jupp Wiertz

This vintage German Railways 1939 Travel poster features Berlin's Kaiser Wilhelm Church and its glamorous metropolitan surroundings at night. This is one of the last works of the very talented and prolific graphic artist Jupp Wiertz. Berlin at Night 1939, by Jupp Wiertz Wiertz reached the zenith of his career at the start of the… Continue reading Berlin at Night 1939 and two other famous posters by Jupp Wiertz

Famous Artists, German American, History Highlights

A German artist created the famous painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware

A German artist named Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze memorialized the dramatic event of Washington Crossing the Delaware. Leutze conceived the idea for this famous painting during the German Revolutions of 1848. He was hoping to encourage Germany's liberal reformers through the example of the American Revolution. There were actually two versions of this painting. Leutze began… Continue reading A German artist created the famous painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware

Famous Artists, History Highlights, Prussia...Northern Germany, Second Reich...1871 to 1918

When the French declared war on Prussia in 1870, they were overconfident.

This painting by Anton von Werner shows German Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm contemplating the corpse of French General Abel Douay, on the first day of the Franco-Prussian War in August 1870. When the French declared war on Prussia in 1870, they were overconfident. They assumed an easy victory and seriously underestimated the strength and experience… Continue reading When the French declared war on Prussia in 1870, they were overconfident.

Famous Artists, History Highlights, Prussia...Northern Germany

Twenty year old Frederick William Hohenzollern became a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire in 1640

Twenty year old Frederick William Hohenzollern became Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia in 1640 and reigned for 48 years until his death in 1688. Historians refer to him as "the Great Elector" (der Große Kurfürst) because of his military and political prowess which set the groundwork for Brandenburg and Prussia to merge and… Continue reading Twenty year old Frederick William Hohenzollern became a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire in 1640