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EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Goethe and Schiller in Jena

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Der Neue Schulmann


Langes 19. Jahrhundert

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Grazioli, E.


Der Neue Schulmann, Stuttgart

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European history   

The picture shows the writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805), who were friends since the year 1794. You can see them walking over the market-place of Jena, deep in conversation. They both are wearing double-breasted coats and have walking canes and hats in their hands. Duchess Anna Amalia and her son Duke Karl August granted a high level of artistic freedom during their reign. Thanks to the influence of Goethe the University of Jena experienced new prosperity. The friendship of Schiller and Goethe began here. The period of the Weimar classicism refers to the four artists Wieland, Goethe, Herder und Schiller in Weimar from 1786 to 1805 (after Goethe's first Italian Journey until the death of Schiller).