Karl Friedrich Schinkel

In 1781, Karl Friedrich Schinkel was born as a son of a local church inspector in Neuruppin, a town in the Brandenburg province. After the death of Schinkel's father his mother moved with her five children over to Berlin. He was not a good pupil at school and at an early age after having seen a design by Friedrich Gilly, he expressed the wish to become an architect . He went to the Gilly family and was trained by the father David Gilly together with his son Friedrich Gilly to become an architect. After the death of Friedrich Gilly at the age of 28 in 1800, he finished works that his friend and teacher had started. With the money he earned he went on a study journey to Italy. When he returned in 1805, there was no work because Prussia suffered under a Napoleontic occupation so he started painting. In 1810, he was asked, because of the paintings, by the royal family to make acquaintance. This is where his career started. In 1826, he made a journey to England, where he visited the museums and industrial buildings. He was fascinated by the technical progress that was made in Britain. After Prinz Otto of Bayern was chosen as king of Greece, he was asked to build a palace on the acropolis in 1832. He died 9 October 1841 at 2:00 p.m. after having overworked for a long time. He was arguably the most important German architect of the nineteenth century.

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