Karl Friedrich Schinkel

German (1781 - 1841)
Karl Friedrich Schinkel Plan; Section (Plate 174 of 'Landhaus' from Sammlung Architektonischer Entwürfe 1833

Biography

Born 1781
Died 1841
Nationality German
Birth place Neuruppin
Death place Berlin

Schinkel was a highly accomplished and versatile artist and architect. His refined, classically inspired buildings, transformed early nineteenth-century Berlin. He was, however, as much concerned with interior furnishings as architecture, and designed furniture, textiles, metalwork and ceramics. He was also renowned for his paintings of romantic landscapes and designs for stage sets. He trained and worked in Berlin but travelled widely, visiting Italy, France and Britain. Schinkel was in Edinburgh in 1826 and made some drawings of Playfair's newly completed Royal Institution (now the Royal Scottish Academy Building).

Glossary terms

  • The art and architectural style that dominated Western Europe during the medieval period. Its buildings are characterised by pointed arches, strong vertical lines and elaborate window structures. The style was widely revived in the 19th century.