The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Hähnel, Ernst Julius

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HÄHNEL, Ernst Julius, a German sculptor, born in Dresden, March 9, 1811. He studied architecture under Rietschel in Dresden, and under Schwanthaler in Munich, and sculpture at Rome and Florence. In 1835 he went to Munich, and in 1848 became professor at the academy of Dresden. In 1855 he was invited to the academy of Vienna, where he was a successful teacher. Among his best works are a statue of Beethoven at Rome, and a Madonna. The bass-reliefs in the new museum at Dresden are also his work. These were followed by the “Four Evangelists,” and the “Three Holy Kings,” of colossal size, for the tower at Neustadt-Dresden (1858), and the tomb of King Frederick Augustus II. of Saxony (1866).