Adolf von Donndorf

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“Adolf Donndorf models Bismarck”, drawing by Christian Wilhelm Allers , 1892
Adolf von Donndorf making a plaster cast in his studio in Stuttgart
Production of the mold for the Bismarck monument

Adolf Donndorf , from 1889 von Donndorf , (born February 16, 1835 in Weimar , † December 20, 1916 in Stuttgart ) was a German sculptor .


Donndorf was the son of the master carpenter Martin Gottlieb Adolf Donndorf (also Tonndorf) and Caroline geb. Bäßler. Adolf Donndorf worked as a pupil of Ernst Rietschel in his studio in Dresden from 1853 to 1861 and after his death completed the Luther monument for Worms together with Gustav Adolph Kietz . His talent as a sculptor was recognized on November 12, 1864 when he was appointed honorary member of the Dresden Art Academy . As the successor to Theodor Wagner , Donndorf was a professor of sculpture at the Royal Art School (from 1901 Academy of Fine Arts ) in Stuttgart from 1876 to 1910 .

His sons were Karl Donndorf (1870-1941, German sculptor) and Martin Donndorf (1865-1937, Weimar Mayor from 1910 to 1920).


  • In 1889 he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Württemberg Crown , combined with the personal title of nobility ( ennoblement ).
  • Donndorf was an honorary citizen of Weimar (1875), Eisenach (1895) and Stuttgart (1910).
  • In 1910 the city of Weimar set up a Donndorf Museum in his honor.
  • On the 100th anniversary of his death, the Thuringian State Office for Monument Preservation and Archeology and the Weimar Classic Foundation presented the cabinet exhibition “Prominence in plaster. The Weimar Donndorf Museum ”in today's Museum for Pre- and Early History of Thuringia.



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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Court and State Handbook of the Kingdom of Württemberg. 1907, p. 40.
  2. »Celebrities in plaster of paris. The Weimar Donndorf Museum «. In: Blog of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Retrieved January 21, 2017 .
  3. Celebrities in plaster of paris. The Weimar Donndorf Museum. Retrieved January 21, 2017 .
  4. Production described in: Mother Earth. Technology, travel and useful observation of nature in the home and family. Volume 1, W. Spamer, Berlin / Stuttgart 1899, pp. 1–4 (with illustrations).
  5. ^ Donndorf, Karl August . In: Ulrich Thieme (Hrsg.): General Lexicon of Fine Artists from Antiquity to the Present . Founded by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker . tape 9 : Delaulne-Dubois . EA Seemann, Leipzig 1913, p. 446-447 ( Text Archive - Internet Archive ). - (Mention of the two stills on p. 447).
  6. Reinhold Brunner: That was the 20th century in Eisenach. Wartberg Verlag, 2000, ISBN 978-3-86134-970-9 , page 7.
  7. , accessed on June 17, 2015.