Gustav Friedrich Waagen

German art historian
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Gustav Friedrich Waagen (February 11, 1794 – July 15, 1868) was a German art historian and academic. In 1831 he was appointed as the Director of the Gallery for Paintings of the Prussian Royal Museum in Berlin; he held this position for the remainder of his life.


  • First delight, then instruct (original German: erst erfreuen, dann belehren).
    • From an 1828 proposal "On the Purpose of the Berlin Gallery" (Über die Aufgabe der Berliner Galerie) written by Waagen and Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Geismeier, Irene (1980). "Gustav Friedrich Waagen: 45 Jahre Museumarbeit". Forschungen und Berichte 20: 397-419. Geismeier's source for this quotation is Stock, Friedrich (1930). "Urkunden zur Vorgeschichte des Berliner Museums". Jahrbuch der preussischen Kunstsammlungen: 205-22.
    • This quotation is occasionally attributed to Wilhelm von Humboldt, which appears to be erroneous; von Humboldt had quoted Schinkel and Waagen in a report.

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