(b Vienna, 14 April 1803; d Vienna, 14 Jan 1887). Austrian painter.
He came from a family of craftsmen and studied (1815–24) at the
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, where one of his teachers was
the conservative history painter Hubert Maurer (1738–1818). From
1824 to 1826 he attended the Academy in Prague, where he was taught
by Josef Bergler. In 1827 and 1828 Amerling stayed in London, and he
met the portrait painter Sir Thomas Lawrence, whose work was to be a
strong influence on Amerling’s painting during the next two decades.
Amerling also travelled to Paris and Rome but was recalled to Vienna
on an official commission to paint a life-size portrait of the
emperor Francis I of Austria (Vienna, Ksthist. Mus.). With this
work, Amerling became the most sought-after portrait painter in
Vienna, a position he was to retain for about 15 years.
Mutter Und Kinden
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