Johann Alexander Thiele

*26th March 1685 in Erfurt, † 22nd May 1752 in Dresden, was extremely famous in his time but has been, quite unfairly, largely forgotten since. Thiele worked as Saxon court painter to Augustus III in Dresden from 1738 to his death. He created numerous aspects of Albertine Saxony, which, amongst other things, depict the Elbe Valley between Meißen, Dresden and Pirna up to Königstein Fortress. As a teacher, he founded a rich tradition of Saxon landscape painting. The painting shown of Königstein Fortress features certain traits of Romantic landscape depiction, despite the wealth of topographical and figurative details typical of the Baroque movement.

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 seventh stage of the Malerweg. 

Malerweg 7th stage: Artists painted at this point on the Malerweg

Königstein Fortress: The imposing mountain fortress on the table mountain of the same name was one of the earliest motifs of Saxon Switzerland to be depicted. The Saxon electors themselves had a strong interest in immortalising this fortificational centrepiece in pictures as a demonstration of their power long before the Romantic era. As a result, there are numerous drawings, sketches and paintings of the fortress, including by Bernardo Bellotto and Adrian Zingg. Special exhibitions on the fine arts were regularly offered at the fortress itself in the Magdalenenburg.

Thürmsdorf: The mausoleum at Thürmsdorf stands as one of the views that has almost been forgotten about. The bend in the Elbe with the table mountains was a popular motif some 200 years ago. It is indicative of the view of painters who discovered and shaped the special feature of this place.