See also:born at
See also:Weimar, where he was brought up early to the profession of
See also:art by his
See also:father Johann
See also:George, then painter of miniatures to the
See also:court of the duke . Having been sent to
See also:Dresden to perfect himself under the care of
See also:Alexander Thiele, he had the
See also:fortune to finish in two
See also:hours, at the age of eighteen, a picture which attracted the
See also:attention of the
See also:king of Saxony .
See also:Augustus II. was so pleased with Dietrich's readiness of
See also:hand that he gave him means to study abroad, and visit in succession the chief cities of Italy and the
See also:Netherlands . There he learnt to copy and to imitate masters of the previous century with a versatility truly surprising . Winckelmann, to whom he had been recommended, did not hesitate to
See also:call him the
See also:Raphael of landscape . Yet in this branch of his practice he merely imitated Salvator Rosa and
See also:Everdingen . He was more successful in aping the
See also:style of
See also:Rembrandt, and numerous examples of this
See also:habit may he found in the galleries of St
See also:Petersburg, Vienna and Dresden . At Dresden, indeed, there are pictures acknowledged to be his, bearing the fictitious
See also:dates of 1636 and 1638, and the name of Rembrandt . Among Dietrich's cleverest reproductions we may account that of
See also:Ostade's manner in the " Itinerant Singers " at the
See also:National Gallery . His skill, in catching the character of the later masters of
See also:Holland is shown in candle-
See also:light scenes, such as the " Squirrel and the Peep-Show" at St Petersburg, where we are easily reminded of Godfried
See also:Schalcken . Dietrich tried every branch of art except portraits,
See also:Italian and Dutch views alternately with Scripture scenes and still
See also:life . In 1741 he was appointed court painter to Augustus III. at Dresden, with an
See also:salary of 400 thalers (6o), conditional on the production of four
See also:cabinet pictures a
See also:year .
See also:condition, no doubt, accounts for the presence of fifty-two of the
See also:master's panels and canvases in one of the rooms at the Dresden museum . Dietrich, though popular and probably the busiest artist of his
See also:time, never produced anything of his own; and his imitations are necessarily inferior to the originals which he affected to copy . His best
See also:work is certainly that which he gave to engravings . A collection of these at the
See also:British Museum, produced on the general lines of earlier men, such as Ostade and Rembrandt, reveal both spirit and skill . Dietrich, after his return from the Peninsula, generally signed himself " Dietericij," and with this signature most of his extant pictures are inscribed . He died at Dresden, after he had successively filled the important appointments of director of the school of painting at the
See also:porcelain factory and
See also:professor of the Dresden academy of arts .
DIETRICH OF BERN
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