Portrait of Heinrike Dannecker

Gottlieb Schick1802

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Heinrike Dannecker, the wife of the Stuttgart court sculptor Dannecker, is seated parallel to the picture plane with an expansive landscape in the background. The broad sweep of the sitter’s shape sets her apart from the infinitely vast, pale-blue cosmos. She turns towards the viewer in a wholly natural manner, and with her head raised, it is as though she welcomes this interruption in her thoughtful contemplation of nature and is inviting the intruder to share her pleasure. The flowers in her hand establish a link with nature. Yet this does not conceal the programmatic reference to contemporary events, with a clear allusion to the French tricolor in the colours of her clothes. Thus transient gesture, contemporary history, and the timelessness of the cosmos and nature come together and complement each other.


  • Title: Portrait of Heinrike Dannecker
  • Creator: Gottlieb Schick
  • Date Created: 1802
  • Physical Dimensions: w100.0 x h119.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Technique and material: Oil on canvas
  • Inv.-No.: A II 840
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-815114
  • External link: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyrights: Text: © Prestel Verlag / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Photo: © b p k - Photo Agency / Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Andres Kilger
  • Collection: Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist biography: Gottlieb Schick was a German Neoclassical painter. In 1789 he started studying drawing at the Academy of Arts in Stuttgart as an apprentice of Philipp Friedrich von Hetsch. He was later taught by Johann Heinrich Dannecker and completed his training under Jacques-Louis David. From 1802 on he spent several years in Rome where his artworks began to be influenced by Romanticism. He mainly created history paintings and landscapes, both of which were characterized by a Romantic view of man and nature. Schick also became well known for his portraits, such as Adelheid und Gabriele von Humboldt (ca.1800).
  • Artist Place of Death: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Artist Place of Birth: Stuttgart, Germany
  • Artist Dates: 1776-08-15/1812-05-07

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