Johann Caspar Goethe, Vater des Dichters

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  • R-05591
„Vom Vater hab ich die Statur / Des Lebens ernstes Führen / Vom Mütterchen die Frohnatur / Und... more
Object information „Johann Caspar Goethe, Vater des Dichters“
„Vom Vater hab ich die Statur / Des Lebens ernstes Führen / Vom Mütterchen die Frohnatur / Und Lust zu fabulieren“, schrieb Goethe in seinen „Zahmen Xenien“ über seine Eltern. Der Vater hatte für Goethe eigentlich andere, konventionellere Berufspläne gehabt. Den Erfolg des Sohnes erlebte er nur in den Anfängen, denn er starb bereits 1782 nach langem Siechtum. Der Künstler, Johann Peter Melchior, war in Frankfurt mit Goethe befreundet. Er schuf nicht nur das Porträt von Goethes Vater, sondern auch Reliefbildnisse des Dichters und von Goethes Mutter (Formnummern 5590 und 5592). Die Darstellung im Profil erinnert an die in jener Zeit populären Scherenschnitt-Silhouetten.


Material: Gipsabguss
Collection Areas: 19. Jahrhundert
Object Type: Plakette
Dimensions: Height x Width: 21 x 16 cm


Material: Bronze
Artist: Melchior, Johann Peter
Epoch: 1775
Location: Verbleib unbekannt

Notes on information

Historical Mould

The gypsum mould is the traditional impression technique of the 19th century. This artisan knowledge is maintained and passed on in the Gipsformerei. It holds thousands of gypsum moulds, some of which are almost 200 years old, and uses them for the appropriate casts.


The sizes are usually the artwork without base. Please explicitly request a final measurement for matching in your request.


For some objects you can only view images of the respective original artwork. Please note that these may to some extent differ from the state of the replicas. Many impressions are in a better condition than the originals.


The word “white” refers to gypsum with a white pigment layer. Painted replicas depict the material and the colourfulness of the original. Our artists strive to ensure the highest degree of analogy with the artwork. Slight differences from the photographies are unavoidable. Colour- and mould-related changes to the originals (e.g. through restoration or addition) cannot always be taken into account.


The plaster casts are not suitable for installation outdoors or in rooms with increased humidity. As an alternative for the outdoor use, we recommend the conditionally weather-resistant material “polymer plaster”, about which we will be pleased to advise you.

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