Augustus the Strong
Manufactory Meissen Manufactory German
Factory director Böttger Period
Attributed to Johann Joachim Kretzschmar
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.