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Ferdinand Kobell Ferdinand Kobell (born in Mannheim, 7 June 1740; died in Munich, 1 February 1799) was a German painter and engraver. Contents 1 Biography 2 Works 3 Family 4 Further reading 5 References 6 Gallery Biography He was studying at the University of Heidelberg when the Elector of Bavaria, admiring a landscape, aided him to devote his entire time to painting. He became the pupil of Peter Verschaffelt. He next studied art in Paris (1768–1769). On his return, he was appointed painter to the Cabinet (court painter), and later professor at the Academy. In 1793, he moved to Munich. He was appointed director of the Mannheim Gallery (1798) but died before entering on his duties. Works He specialized in landscapes, following the style of Berchem, and his work shows a jealous study of natural effects. His oil painting are in a number of German galleries (Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, Stuttgart, and Augsburg), but his work as an engraver has more importance. His etchings (about 300) were published by Frauenholz, in Munich (1809), as Œuvres complètes de Ferdinand Kobell, another of 179 pages were published by Kugler (Stuttgart, 1842). His plates mark a distinct advance in the treatment of landscape etching in Germany. Family He was a grandson of Johann Heinrich Kobell, who came to Mannheim from Frankfurt in 1720. He was the father of Wilhelm von Kobell, and the brother of Franz Kobell, both painters. Further reading Biography by Baron S. von Stengel (Nuremberg, 1822) References This article incorporates text from publications now in the public domain:  "Kobell, Ferdinand". Encyclopedia Americana. 1920.   "Kobell". Encyclopedia Americana. 1920.   "Kobell". New International Encyclopedia. 1905.  Gallery Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Ferdinand Kobell Landscape Bridge over the Main at Aschaffenburg Persondata Name Kobell, Ferdinand Alternative names Short description Date of birth 7 June 1740 Place of birth Date of death 1 February 1799 Place of death