Adrian Zingg


* 15th April 1734 in St Gallen, † 26th May 1816 in Leipzig, received his first artistic training from his father, then from the Berlin veduta painter Alberli, and later in Paris. He joined the newly founded Academy of Art in Dresden in 1766 as an electoral court copperplate engraver and teacher. During walks through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, he completed numerous drawings, which he then used to create sepia paintings, copperplate engravings and etchings. Zingg paved the way for Dresden's new wave of landscape painting. The sepia copperplate engraving shown here demonstrates how Zingg strived for topographical accuracy on the one hand, whilst at the same time exaggerating the characteristics of objects and parts of the landscape in a Mannerist way.

TIP: The pictured postcard is a collectable postcard, which can be obtained from all places of accommodation holding the "Wanderfreundlich am Malerweg" certificate on the sixth stage of the Malerweg. 

Malerweg 6th stage: Artists painted at this point on the Malerweg

The historic Malerweg used to finish at the Pravčická brána (Prebischtor in German) and the picturesque border town of Hřensko (or Herrnskretschen); artists used to then travel back along the Elbe by boat, stopping off at Lilienstein or Königstein Fortress on their way. The current Malerweg runs along the left bank of the River Elbe, where hikers can enjoy completely different landscapes.

Krippen: It is worth taking a small detour to the River Elbe here, as the views of the river are long-famous. The drawing of the piece of rock that Caspar David Friedrich used as part of his famous oil painting »Wanderer above the Sea of Fog« from the time of his three-month stay, remains in Krippen. The famous mountain painter Irmgard Uhlig said that the painting entitled »Rocky landscape in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains« by this artist was his »most expressive image of a rock«, representing »the peak of romantic landscape art«.