Augustus the Strong

Manufactory Meissen Manufactory German
Factory director Böttger Period
Attributed to Johann Joachim Kretzschmar

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 538

This small but imposing portrait of the founder of the factory reflects the early interest in sculpture at Meissen generated by such artists as Balthasar Permoser and Benjamin Thomae, who were creating sculptures for the Zwinger. This model, which has been attributed to Kretzschmar on stylistic grounds, is one of two representations of Augustus.

Augustus the Strong, Meissen Manufactory (German, 1710–present), Stoneware, German

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