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Wilhelm Amberg

German 1822 - 1899
Wilhelm Amberg was born in Berlin on 25 February 1822 and died on 10 September 1899 in the same city. He was a painter, lithographer and illustrator specialising in genre scenes.

Amberg was a pupil of the Berlin Academy and Professor Herbigs, but also worked from 1839 to 1842 in Karl Bega’s studio. He first exhibited in Berlin in 1842, later continuing his studies in Paris under Léon Cogniet until 1845. Amberg had a lengthy spell in Italy, mainly in Rome and Venice but also in Naples and Perugia, finally returning to Berlin by way of Munich. He became a member of the Academy there in 1869 and in 1886 a member of its senate. Amberg was awarded medals in Vienna in 1873 and 1877.

As a genre painter, he was among the most popular in Berlin. He also contributed to a family periodical and took up lithography.

There is a painting of Christ on the Mount of Olives by Amberg in St. Gertrude’s church in Berlin carried out around 1848 and decorative murals dated 1867 in the Villa Ravene in Moabit/Berlin.

Further works by the artist can be found in the museums of Bremen and Cologne.

Works by this artist…

  • Gossiping Maids
    Gossiping Maids
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