Johann Herder
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Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803)

Johann Gottfried Herder aka von Herder
Born in Mohrungen, Kingdom of Prussiamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Weimar, Saxe-Weimar, Holy Roman Empiremap
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Johann Gottfried von Herder was a German philosopher, theologian, poet, and literary critic. He is associated with the periods of Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, and Weimar Classicism.[1]

Johann Herder was born 25 August 1744 and died 18 December 1803. His parents are unknown. He married Maria Karoline Flachsland (1750-1809) 2 May 1773 Darmstadt. They had children:[1]

  1. Gottfried (1774-1806) was born in Bückeburg
  2. August (1776-1838) was born in Bückeburg
  3. Wilhelm Ludwig Ernst was born 1778
  4. Karl Emil Adelbert (1779-1857) born 1779 in Weimar
  5. Luise (1781-1860) was born in Weimar
  6. Emil Ernst Gottfried (1783-1855) was born in Weimar
  7. Rinaldo Gottfried was born 1790 in Weimar

In 1802 Herder was ennobled by the Elector-Prince of Bavaria, which added the prefix "von" to his last name. [1]

Herder gave Germans new pride in their origins, modifying that dominance of regard allotted to Greek art (Greek revival) extolled among others by Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. He remarked that he would have wished to be born in the Middle Ages and mused whether "the times of the Swabian emperors" did not "deserve to be set forth in their true light in accordance with the German mode of thought?". Herder equated the German with the Gothic and favoured Dürer and everything Gothic.[1]

Dissertation by Johannes A. Gaertner (1912-1996)[2]

The Herder Prize, established in 1963 and named for Johann Gottfried von Herder, was a prestigious international prize dedicated to the promotion of scientific, art and literature relations, and presented to scholars and artists from Central and Southeastern Europe whose life and work have improved the cultural understanding of European countries and their peaceful interrelations.

Research Notes

Parents per unsourced online tree:[3]

  • Gottfried HERDER 1706-1763 - Tisserand, marguillier
  • Anna Elisabeth PELTZ 1717-1772

Wife's parents per same:

  • Johann Friedrich FLACHSLAND 1716-1755
  • Rosina Catharina MAURITII 1718-1766


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wikipedia: Johann Gottfried Herder.
  2. Johann Gottfried Herders Anschauungen über eine christliche Kunst. Ph.D., Heidelberg, 1936, published Berlin, 1938; "Myth and Pattern in the Lives of Artists." Art Journal 30, no. 1 (Autumn, 1970): 27-30; Prisma der Demokratie: Ausdruck und Selbstkritik in der Malerei Amerikas. Berlin: B. Hessling, 1961.0.Metzler.
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