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Friedrich Bury

1763 Hanau – 1823 Aachen

The painter Friedrich Bury lived and worked between 1782 and 1799 in Rome, where he shared an apartment with Wilhelm Tischbein for several years. He subsequently belonged to the close intellectual circle around Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In Rome, Bury drew after antique works of art and established his repu­tation with his watercolour copies after Michelangelo, Raphael, and the Carracci. After his return to Germany, he was active in Berlin as a painter of history paintings and portraits. Bury also maintained privileged connections with the Prussian court.