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Cornelius, Peter von

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

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A distinguished German painter, born at Düsseldorf; early gave proof of artistic genius, which was carefully fostered by his father; spent much time as a youth in studying and copying Raphael; before he was 20 he decorated a church at Neuss with colossal figures in chiaroscuro; in 1810 executed designs for Goethe's "Faust"; in the year after went to Rome, where, along with others, he revived the old art of fresco painting, in which he excelled his rivals; the subjects of these were drawn from Greek pagan as well as Christian sources, his "Judgment" being the largest fresco in the world; the thought which inspires his cartoons, critics say, surpasses his power of execution; it should be added, he prepared a set of designs to illustrate the "Nibelungen" (1787-1867).

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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Cornelius, Peter von'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​nut/​c/cornelius-peter-von.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.
 
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