Karl Friedrich Schinkel

German , 1781 - 1841

Karl Friedrich Schinkel was born in 1781. Although best known as a painter and architect, he also worked in lithography, etching and illustration. He gained significant distinction as the official state architect of Prussia.

Schinkel was a member of the Berlin Academy and he became a professor in 1820. His designs were mostly in the neoclassical style and his buildings were greatly admired by later generations of architects for their rational organization and geometrical clarity.

Among Schinkel’s designs are the Royal Guard House, the Royal Theater and the Altes Museum in Berlin and the Church of St. Nicholas and the Casino in Potsdam.


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