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Franz von Lenbach - Biography


Portrait painter, born in Schrobenhausen, SE Germany. He studied in Munich, travelled in Italy, and was appointed professor in the academy at Weimar, Germany (1862). He copied the great masters, including Rubens and Velazquez, before becoming one of the finest 19th-c German portraitists. His numerous portraits of Bismarck are particularly famous.

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