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Queen Louise of Prussia

A work made of bronze with black patina.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze with black patina.


modeled 1799, cast 1819/21


Johann Gottfried Schadow
German, 1764-1850
Foundry: Werner in Berlin, 1794/95-1842

About this artwork

Queen Luise enjoyed enormous popularity in Prussia as a symbol of resistance to Napoleon, becoming a cult figure after her death in 1810. The Berlin sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow created five different versions of his official portrait of Luise, both before and after her elevation to queen in 1797. This bust was derived from the final version and cast by the Werner Foundry in Berlin. Its opaque black patination reflects the fashion for bronzes in the 1820s.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Johann Gottfried Schadow


Queen Louise of Prussia


Germany (Object made in)

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Modeled 1799


Bronze with black patina


57 × 36 × 24 cm (22 7/16 × 14 3/16 × 9 7/16 in.)

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Harry and Maribel G. Blum, Richard T. Crane Memorial, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Varley endowments; European Decorative Arts Purchase Fund

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