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Wackenroder, Wilhelm Heinrich
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(Jul 13, 1773, Berlin – Feb 13, 1798, Berlin), German art theorist and writer, whose conception of art made him the forerunner of German Romanticism. At the Gymnasium he attended from 1786 to 1792, he formed a friendship with Ludwig Tieck (1773–1853); while studying law at Erlangen and Göttingen, he regularly attended lectures on art history and cultural history, immersing himself in the aesthetics of antiquity as mediated by Johann Joachim Winckelmann, the painting of the Italian Renaissance inspired by Christianity, and the German art and literatur…

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Hurst, Matthias, “Wackenroder, Wilhelm Heinrich”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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