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More than a “Raphael of Landscape”. Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich’s 300th birthday
The painter, draftsman and etcher C.W.E. Dietrich, whose paintings reached the highest prices in the European market, was one of the most renowned and influential German artists of the 18th century. Contemporaries especially praised his talent to imitate great masters of the past of diverse backgrounds with great empathy. Here, Dietrich developed his own one of a kind style. An important part of his oeuvre, which comprises of biblical history painting, portraits and genre painting, are landscapes. Even Johann Joachim Winckelmann called Dietrich “the Raphael of landscapes of our and all times”.
Already in the year of his death, the graphic estate of the Dresden court artist, director of the drawing school in Meissen and professor for landscape painting at the art academy was purchased by the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett. The exhibition on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Dietrich’s birthday presents the graphic works for the first time. With its selected paintings and prints, it allows insights into the artistic creations of this now forgotten artist.