German artist Julius Schoppe produced majestic portraits, which imbued their subjects with purity and a sense of near-ethereal radiance. The gentle undulations of porcelain skin are marked out by a quiet light. Edges are softened and skin tones harmonised with subtle rouging in semi-transparent glazes.
Inspired by Raphael, his sitters are depicted with a timeless sense of immortal beauty - akin to a Madonna and Child. They’re reassuring balanced, perfectly weighted and always at ease.
Schoppe was a keen student of the old masters and spent several years in Rome studying Raphael, Titian, and Correggio. During his time there, he produced several copies after Raphael that ended up in the collection of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV.
Today, works by Schoppe can be found in many public collections and he remains one of the most highly regarded portraitists of his generation.
Born in Berlin.
Enrolled at the Academy of Arts, Berlin, and studied under Samuel Rösel.
Travelled to Vienna.
Hiked through Austria and Switzerland to Rome.
Lived in Rome at the Casa Buti artist hostel. Studied the old masters extensively.
Elected a member of the Academy.
Became a professor at the Academy.
Died in Berlin.