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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Carl Oesterley junior (1839-1930), deutscher Maler

Carl Wilhelm Friedrich Oesterley (22 June 1805 - 29 March 1891) was a German painter and art historian who was a native of Göttingen. He is remembered largely for creating oil paintings with Biblical themes, and was the father of landscape painter Carl August Heinrich Ferdinand Oesterley (1839-1920).

He studied archaeology, philosophy and history at the University of Göttingen, where in 1824 he earned his doctorate in the field of art history. Subsequently he studied drawing in Dresden, and spent several years in Rome (1824-29). In 1831 he became a professor of art history at Göttingen, where he collaborated with Karl Otfried Müller (1797-1840) on the treatise Denkmäler der alten Kunst (Monuments of Ancient Art).

In 1842 Oesterley became a full professor of art, and in 1844 after finishing the painting Christus and Ahasuerus, he was appointed court painter of the Kingdom of Hanover. Beginning in 1852 he produced numerous altarpieces and other works of art for the church in Rosdorf, in Molzen near Uelzen and in Bad Iburg.

Selected paintings

  • Die Tochter Jephthas, (The Daughter of Jephtha), (1836)
  • Die Himmelfahrt Christi, Fresko der Schlosskirche in Hannover, (The Ascension of Christ, Fresco of the Schlosskirche in Hanover), (1838)
  • Christus, die Kinder segnend, (Christ, the Children Benedictive), (1841)
  • Szene aus Bürgers Lenore, (Scene from Bürger's "Lenore")
  • Dornröschen, (Sleeping Beauty), (1861)
  • Christus als Erlöser, ehemaliges Altarbild für die Evangelisch-lutherische Schlosskirche in Bad Iburg als Geschenk von König Georg V. (Christ the Redeemer, a former altarpiece for the Evangelical Lutheran Church Castle in Bad Iburg as a gift of George V of Hanover)

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