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 Johann Christoph Frisch  (1738 - 1815)

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Lived/Active: Germany      Known for: Portrait, historical and mythological subject painting

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Portrait of King Frederick William II of Prussia (1744-1797) with a star of the Prussian Order of the Black Eagle, his left hand resting on a map of Frankfurt, a landscape with the Prussian army encamped outside Frankfurt
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Johann Christoph Frisch (b. Berlin, Feb. 9, 1738 -d. Berlin, Feb. 28, 1815)

A German painter, draughtsman and etcher, he fulfilled commissions for monumental and historical paintings and  produced easel paintings of mythological and historical subjects primarily relating to Frederick II, King of Prussia, and more than 30 known portraits, among them Frederick the Great, King Frederick William II, Prussian ministers and generals, fellow artists and representatives of the Enlightenment, including Immanuel Kant, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and Moses Mendelssohn.  

He was taught by his father, Ferdinand Helfreich Frisch (1707-58), and by Christian Bernhard Rode (1725-97), supplementing this training by copying pictures in the royal gallery at Sanssouci in Potsdam.  He traveled with Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens (1704-71), to Provence and Rome, where from the spring of 1765 he made studies of antiquities and studies after Raphael, Annibale Carracci and Guido Reni.

When he returned to Berlin in 1768, he executed wall and ceiling paintings in several Potsdam palaces: the Berliner Schloss (1789), the former Niederlandisches Palais (before 1779), the Neues Palais (1768, c. 1795), the Neue Kammern at Sanssouci (1774) and the Marmorpalais (1790), and in the Schloss auf der Pfaueninsel (c. 1796).

Many of his paintings are in the Schloss Charlottenburg and Markisches Museum, Berlin, and the Neues Palais, Potsdam, and drawings for them are in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.

Frisch served as a teacher at the Berlin Akademie der Kunste, being appointed rector in 1786 and director in 1805.

Sources include:
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Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan. London, 1886

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