Reinhold Begas was a sculptor who came from a family of painters and sculptors.
Begas studied at the Königliche Akademie der Künste in Berlin between 1846 and 1851 where, under Christian Daniel Rauch, he trained in a neo-classical tradition. His later work was influenced by Baroque sculpture (especially Gianlorenzo Bernini) and classical mythology. He made his name as a sculptor in 1862 when he won the competition for the Schiller monument (marble; Berlin, Platz der Akademie). By 1888 he had become a favoured sculptor of Emperor William II and he executed numerous works in a monumental Baroque revival style such as his Bismarck monument (Berlin, Neue N.G.), begun in 1897, the year he acted as patron to the II Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia.
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