Carl Joseph Begas: 19 cool facts

By Gwylym Owen

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Carl Joseph Begas, or Karl Begas, (30 September 1794 – 24 November 1854), was a German historical painter born at Heinsberg near Aachen. His father, a retired judge, destined him for the authentic profession, but the boy’s tastes pointed unquestionably in unorthodox direction. Even at scholastic he was remarked for his fantastic skill in drawing and painting, and in 1812 he was permitted to visit Paris in order to absolute his art.

Begas studied for eighteen months in the atelier of Antoine Jean Gros after that began to play a part independently. In 1814 his copy of The Madonna della Sedia was bought by the king of Prussia, who was attracted by the young player and did much to support him. He was engaged to paint several large Biblical pictures, and in 1825, after his compensation from Italy, continued to build paintings which were placed in the churches of Berlin and Potsdam. Some of these were historical pieces, but the majority were representations of scenes from the Bible. Begas was also much-admired as a portrait-painter, and supplied to the royal gallery a long series of portraits of eminent Prussian men of letters. His pupils included Joseph Petzl. At his death he held the pronounce of court painter at Berlin.

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