Margarethe Jonas

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Margarethe Jonas (born January 29, 1783 in Braunschweig , † January 18, 1858 in Berlin ) was a German embroiderer and painter .


Jonas was born the daughter of a businessman. She was taught at times by the painter and engraver Friedrich Barthel and in Berlin by Gottfired Schadow. She was able to copy the works of other artists deceptively real, but had to give up painting because of an eye problem. As an autodidact, Jonas had painted fictional landscapes into which she inserted figures from literature, but was best known for her embroidery. With silk and rarely with hair, she embroidered portraits, figures and landscapes that could only be distinguished from paintings or engravings at close range. Her best work was a re-embroidery of the copperplate Belisarius by Auguste Gaspard Louis Desnoyers based on a painting by Marcus Geerarts . For this reason, such works were called needle painting or picture embroidery.

Some of her best works were given to the Braunschweig Municipal Museum and some excellent portraits to the Braunschweig “Taubstummeninstitut”, now a state education center for the hearing impaired .

Jonas lived in secure circumstances and pursued her art as a leisure activity. She remained unmarried and spent the last years of her life in Berlin.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Evelin Haase: Jonas, Anna Margarethe. In: Horst-Rüdiger Jarck , Günter Scheel (ed.): Braunschweigisches Biographisches Lexikon - 19th and 20th centuries . Hahnsche Buchhandlung, Hannover 1996, ISBN 3-7752-5838-8 , p. 305 .