Ernst Julius Hähnel (9 March 1811, Dresden – 22 May 1891, Dresden) was a German sculptor and Professor at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts.
He originally studied architecture at the Dresden Academy then, in 1826, went to the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, where he remained until 1831 and later switched to sculpture after taking classes with Ernst Rietschel and Ludwig Schwanthaler. He took a study trip to Rome and Florence and returned to Munich, living there from 1835 to 1838, when he was appointed to the Dresden Academy. Upon arriving there, Gottfried Semper entrusted him with the preparation of some sculptures for the new Semperoper (Opera House). In 1845, he created the Beethoven Monument in Bonn, the work which made him famous. He became a full Professor at the Dresden Academy in 1848. Johannes Schilling and Christian Behrens were among his best-known students.
In 1859, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leipzig and, in 1883, became an Honorary citizen of Dresden. He died in 1891 and is buried in the Old Catholic Cemetery.
Beethoven Monument, Bonn (1845)
Emperor Charles IV in Prague (1848)
Equestrian statue of Karl Philipp Fürst zu Schwarzenberg in Vienna (1867)
Theodor Körner Monument in Dresden (1871)
Leibniz Monument in Leipzig (1883)
Other notable works
- 1867: Statue of King Frederick Augustus II of Saxony in Dresden
- 1874: Equestrian statue of Count Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in Braunschweig
- 1874: Plaque of Ludwig Tieck at the former location of his home near the Altmarkt in Dresden
- Kunst im öffentlichen Raum. Informationsbroschüre der Landeshauptstadt Dresden, Dezember 1996.