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In front of the house of Goethe in Classical Weimar

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Der praktische Schulmann


Frühe Neuzeit

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Schmidt, H. W.


Der praktische Schulmann, Stuttgart

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European history   

The picture shows the two poet friends Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) on the doorstep of the house of Goethe in Weimar. A carriage is awaiting Schiller who is saying good bye to Goethe. The square in front of the house, some pedestrians and the grand façade of the house fill most of the picture. The entrance of the house which resembles a Greek porticus reflects Goethe’s fondness for the aesthetics of Classical Antiquitiy. The movement of Weimar Classicism refers to the four artists Wieland, Goethe, Herder and Schiller in Weimar from 1786-1805 (after Goethe’s voyage to Italy until the death of Schiller).