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Julius Hübner

1806 Oels in Silesia – 1882 Loschwitz

Julius Hübner, a painter of portraits and historical scenes, began his artistic career in 1821 at the Berlin Academy and from 1823 studied under Wilhelm Schadow, whom he followed to Düsseldorf in 1826 together with his fellow students, Theodor Hildebrandt, Karl Friedrich Lessing and Karl Sohn. A number of years later he returned to Berlin, whence – having married the sister of his friend Bendeman – he departed for Italy in 1829. He met up with Schadow, Hildebrandt, Sohn and Bendemann in Rome in 1830. After lengthy stays in Berlin and Düsseldorf, Hübner took up an appointment at the Dresden Academy in 1839 and from 1842 gave classes in historical painting. Along with Bendemann, Lessing and Hildebrandt, Hübner is regarded as one of the foremost representatives of the Düsseldorf School founded by Schadow. He excelled above all as a historical painter and author of religious subjects strongly influenced by the Nazarenes, who lost their freshness in the late period due, in particular, to their academic rigidity and emphasis on literary content.