Schleich’s steel engraving for Seibertz’s art-drawing of Faust (1848)


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from Adrian Schleich’s (1812 – 1894) steel engraving after a drawing by Engelbert Seibertz. 24,45 x 35,45 cm. One of the seven steel engravings from the book ”Faust, en tragedi af Göthe, translated of Johan Andersson, Stockholm, Philip J. Meijers Förlag, 1854.




Engelbert Seibertz (April 21, 1813 in Brilon; † 2 October 1905 Arnsberg) was a German portrait and historical painter.

Engelbert Seibertz was born in 1813 as the eldest son of Johann Suibert Seibertz (1788-1871). After a moderately successful school career Engelbert went the age of 17 to Dusseldorf Art Academy, at the Carl Friedrich Lessing, Wilhelm von Schadow, Peter von Cornelius and Theodor Hildebrandt were his teachers.

His first published work was a drawing of Bruchhauser Steine, his image of Olsberger Hütte is now considered the oldest preserved industrial image Westphalia. Seibertz moved in 1832 to the Munich Art Academy and met Wilhelm von Kaulbach, the court painter of King Ludwig I. During this period 74 works of art, including frescoes in the Maximilianeum.

From 1835 to 1841 Seibertz lived again in Brilon and made sketches and illustrations to Goethe’s Faust. From 1841 to 1848 he worked in Prague. From 1850 to 1870 he lived in Munich again. He created 300 works, including two monumental frescoes in the Maximilianeum, one of which remained there for the Bavarian King Maximilian II. The oil sketch for this is obtained in Arnsberg. For the cathedral in Glasgow Seibertz designed the stained glass windows (but they were removed during the Second World War and not been used again). In 1870, the painter returned to Arnsberg. From the last years of his creative date back 140 pictures, mainly portraits of famous Sauerland families.

Seibertz buried on the Eichholz cemetery in Arnsberg.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe‘s Faust is a tragic play in two parts usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two. Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages. Faust is Goethe’s magnum opus and considered by many to be the greatest work of German literature.

Source: Wikipedia

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