Ludwig Schwanthaler (Munich 1802 – 1848), was one of the most important and influential sculptors in Munich of the 19th Century and one of the founders of the modern Romantic school of sculpture.
He first trained with his father and then (1819-22) attended the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, established in Munich in 1808. After his father’s death he took over his studio, receiving his first official commission in 1824 from Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (reg 1806-25). Schwanthaler made many reliefs, taken from the stories of the Greek gods and heroes, for the salons of the Glyptothek at Munich.
Periods spent by Schwanthaler in Rome in the years 1826-27 and 1832-34 were to have a crucial impact on his further development as a practising artist: in Bertel Thorvaldsen’s studio he saw how an up-to-date large-scale artist’s studio of European renown was run as a business, and he adopted this as a model for his own studio in Munich. There he soon became a much sought-after sculptor, both at court and among the middle classes. In 1835 he was appointed professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste. He exhibited an astonishing inventive talent which seemed never to repeat itself, which showed freshness and animation in the presentation, and a grasp of monumental size and classic beauty in the general conception of works. Contrary to his natural inclination he was constantly obliged to treat antique subjects, but he brought to his task a classically-trained mind and taste.
‘Venus disarms Cupid’ – this group is known through a preparatory pencil drawing by Ludwig Schwanthaler (Stadtmuseum Munich) and only two other versions of this group are known (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum and Harvard Art Museum). .
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