F. Carlo Schmid studied art history, archeology and history at the universities of Augsburg, Rome and Berlin. After completing his PhD on landscape prints and drawings by Johann Christian Reinhart (1761–1847) in 1995, he trained in the Print and Drawings Department of the Staatliche Museen Kassel. From 1998 to 1999 he acted as research associate in the Ernst Barlach Foundation at Güstrow before joining C.G. Boerner at Düsseldorf as director early in 1999. His areas of expertise are art around 1800, German expressionism and book art. [January 2015]

“Our joy be Arcadian, and free!” Arcadia in German Prints Around 1800

Fig. 1. Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, Et in Arcadia ego (1801), etching, 40.9 x 52.7 cm, Charles Booth-Clibborn collection, London (Contemporary Editions Ltd, London).

The idealized land of Arcadia, referred to in art and literature since antiquity, held a special place in the imaginations of artists and writers in German-speaking countries around 1800. By the time Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749–1832) addressed the subject Read More