Friedrich Schiller, 1836
Modelled by Wilhelm Matthiä after Thorvaldsen's sketch Inv.no. A138
Plaster. 391 cm
Inventory number: A770
Works, relating to this work: Thorvaldsen, Monument to Friedrich Schiller, bronze cast, 1839, Schillerplatz, Stuttgart, GermanyEnlarge photo
Schiller is regarded as one of the greatest classical German poets. He was born in what is today known as the State of Baden-Württemberg, the capital of which, Stuttgart, wished to commemorate its famous citizen. Thorvaldsen was appointed to make the memorial monument and in 1839 the bronze statue was unveiled in the old palace square in the centre of the city, where it is still to be seen today.