Centurion Wiebel

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Centurio Wiebel (born January 23, 1616 in St. Joachimsthal , † August 9, 1684 in Dresden ) was a painter from Electoral Saxony .

Live and act

On September 29, 1652 the then electoral prince Johann Georg II of Saxony appointed Wiebel as his personal painter, for a salary of 100 guilders a year plus special allowances. Wiebel practiced this activity almost until the death of Elector Johann Georg II in 1680.

At the beginning of his work in Dresden, Wiebel had to ask in November 1655 and July 1656 for the protection of his lordly client against hostility from the Dresden painters' guild. At that time Wiebel also painted some pictures for Duke Julius Heinrich von Sachsen-Lauenburg and his son Franz Erdmann . From 1661 Wiebel concentrated his work on orders from his elector.

He was also involved in the painting of the mountain and pleasure house of Hoflößnitz in Oberlößnitz , together with Christian Schiebling .

After Johann Georg III took office. Wiebel also created several paintings from this .

Wiebel's grave as well as that of his wife Anna Sibylla († 1682) was in a Schwibbogen ( hereditary burial ) of the Gothic Frauenkirche , decorated by Samuel Bottschildt with busts of the couple and a representation of the resurrected. All of this is lost.

Works (excerpt)

  • Portrait of Hofrat Maximilian Ferdinand Hoë von Hoënegg (1622–1657), engraved by JC Höckner.
  • Half-length portrait of Duke Moritz (1619–1681), engraved in 1658 by Johann Dürr and JC Höckner.
  • Half-length portrait of Privy Councilor Johann Georg von Oppel († 1661), engraved around 1662 by JC Höckner.
  • Numerous miniature portraits of the Electoral Saxon family for so-called “Conterfait rifles” as gifts (up to 18 per year, each rewarded with 5 to 8 thalers).
  • The knee of Elector Johann Georg II in armor (often assigned to Heinrich Wilhelm Schober).
  • Portrait of Prince Johann Georg III. in the Museum Bautzen.
  • Portrait of Elector Johann Georg III. with brown dog.
  • Life-size knee of Elector Johann Georg III. almost from the beginning.


  • Thieme-Becker

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Historical background: The “Historical Color Slide Archive for Wall and Ceiling Painting” 1943–1945. ( February 22, 2014 memento in the Internet Archive ) Retrieved March 10, 2013.