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Schadow, Rudolph

SCHADOW, RUDOLPH (1786-1822), sculptor, eldest son of JOHANN GOTTFRIED SCHADOW. Born in Rome, and had his father at Berlin for his first master. In 1810 he went to Rome and received kindly help from Canova and Thorvaldsen. His talents were versatile; his first independent work was a figure of Paris, and it had for its companion a spinning girl.

Embracing the Roman Catholic faith, he produced statues of John the Baptist and of the Virgin and Child. In England he became known by bas-reliefs executed for the duke of Devonshire and for the marquis of Lansdowne. His last composition, commissioned by the king of Prussia, was a colossal group, Achilles with the Body of Penthesilea ; the model, universally admired for its antique character and the largeness of its style, had not been carried out in marble when in 1822 the artist died in Rome.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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