Cornelius, Peter von (17871867)

Cornelius, Peter von, a distinguished German painter, born at Düsseldorf; early gave proof of artistic genius, which was carefully fostered by his father; spent much time as a youth in studying and copying Raphael; before he was 20 he decorated a church at Neuss with colossal figures in chiaroscuro; in 1810 executed designs for Goethe's “Faust”; in the year after went to Rome, where, along with others, he revived the old art of fresco painting, in which he excelled his rivals; the subjects of these were drawn from Greek pagan as well as Christian sources, his “Judgment” being the largest fresco in the world; the thought which inspires his cartoons, critics say, surpasses his power of execution; it should be added, he prepared a set of designs to illustrate the “Nibelungen” (17871867).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Cornelia * Cornell University
Coriola`nus
Corioli
Cork
Cormenin
Cormontaigne
Cornaro
Corn-Cracker
Corneille, Pierre
Corneille, Thomas
Cornelia
Cornelius, Peter von
Cornell University
Corn-Laws
Corn-Law Rhymer, The
Corno, Monte
Cornwall
Cornwall, Barry
Cornwallis, Lord
Coromandel Coast
Coronation Chair
Corot, Jean Baptiste