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Adolf Senff

1785 Halle – 1863 Ostrau

Adolf Senff initially trained to become a theologian in Leipzig and was subsequently employed in Dresden as a private tutor to the family of Gerhard von Kügelgen, a painter of portraits and historical scenes, who gave him art lessons. In 1813/14 Senff was active as a portrait painter in Leipzig and then offered to serve as a volunteer in the Wars of Liberation against Napoleonic France. He spent most of his artistic life in Rome, where he joined the circle around Bertel Thorvaldsen and earned his living by painting flowers and copying works by Raphael. After 1848 the artist lived and worked in Ostrau near Halle.