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Wilhelm Gottlieb Becker

Wilhelm Gottlieb Becker German art historian, numismatist and author

German art historian, numismatist and author
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Intro German art historian, numismatist and author
Was Numismatist Writer Historian Art historian
From Germany
Type Academia Arts Literature Social science
Gender male
Birth 4 November 1753, Callenberg, Germany
Death 3 June 1813, Dresden, Germany (aged 59 years)
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
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Wilhelm Gottlieb Becker (4 November 1753, in Oberkallenberg in Saxony – 3 June 1813, in Dresden) was a German art historian, numismatist, and author.

Biography

He received an early education in Gera, then studied law at Leipzig (1773–76). Following graduation, he taught classes at the Philanthropinum in Dessau, and for several years traveled abroad, during which time, he visited Strasbourg, Basel, and Zurich (1778–82). He became a professor at the Ritterakademie in Dresden in 1782. In 1795 he was appointed director of the Dresden Gallery of Antiques, and of the Coin Cabinet, and in 1805 he was also entrusted with the directorship of the celebrated Grünes Gewölbe ("Green Vault").

Works

His chief work was Taschenbuch zum geselligen Vergnügen ("Handbook for social enjoyment"; Leipzig 1791–1814). He was also the author of Erholungen ("Recreations"; Leipzig 1796–1810), Augusteum, Dresdens antike Denkmäler enthaltend ("Augusteum, location of Dresden's old monuments"; 1805–1809), with 162 engravings, Zweihundert seltene Münzen des Mittelalters ("200 rare coins from the Middle Ages"; 1813), and a large number of popular handbooks of art. He edited the Encomium moriae of Erasmus (German: Lob der Narrheit, "In Praise of Folly"; Basel, 1780), and published the works of Holbein (Berlin, 1781).

Family

His son Wilhelm Adolf Becker was a noted classical scholar.

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https://de.wikisource.org/wiki/ADB:Becker,_Wilhelm_Gottlieb
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