Johann Georg Ziesenis

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Johann Georg Ziesenis
Died4 March 1776
NationalityGerman – Danish
OccupationPortrait painter

Johann Georg Ziesenis (1716, Copenhagen – 4 March 1776, Hannover) was a GermanDanish portrait painter.


His father Johan Jürgen Ziesenis was a painter from Hanover who had been granted Danish citizenship in Copenhagen in 1709 and whose works included a 1739 Baptism of Christ for Copenhagen's garrison church. After drawing lessons from his father, Johann lived in Düsseldorf, where he gained further training and painted several portraits of the royal family. In 1764 he became court painter at Hanover and in 1766 he was granted 400 kroner by the Danish king "for travel and other expenses". In 1768 he was in the Netherlands, where he produced portraits of William V,[1] his wife[2] and family. He also worked for the courts in Brunswick and Berlin and his daughters Mrs Lampe and Margaret were also painters.

Johann Georg Ziesenis created about 260 portraits and other paintings and sketches in the course of his life, including ones of Crown Prince Frederik (1767, now at Fredensborg), Frederick II and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz[3] (future wife of George III of the United Kingdom). In 1764, whilst in his sixties, he painted a portrait of Hans Egede.

Selected portraits[edit]


  1. ^ Mauritshuis Johann Georg Ziesenis, Portrait of Stadholder William V.
  2. ^ Mauritshuis Johann Georg Ziesenis, Portrait of Princess Frederika Sophia Wilhelmina.
  3. ^ Johann Georg Ziesenis. "Queen Charlotte (1744–1818) when Princess Sophie Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz". Royal Collection Trust. Inventory no. 403562.


  • 2 paintings by or after Johann Georg Ziesenis at the Art UK site
  • Arthur Herman Lier: Ziesenis, Johann Georg. In: General German Biography (ADB). Volume 45, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig, 1900, p 213
  • Karin Schrader: The Ziesenis portrait painter Johann Georg (1716–1776) – Life and Work with a critical oeuvre catalog. Münster, Lit Verlag, 1995.
  • German Biographical Encyclopedia, vol 10, p 660
  • Johann Georg Ziesenis the Younger. In: Ulrich Thieme, Felix Becker among others: general lexicon of visual artists from antiquity to the present. Volume 36, EA Seemann, Leipzig, 1947, p 497
  • VC Hawk: The Art of Lower Saxony Circle, 1930, p 305-307
  • Helmut Zimmermann: The painter Elisabeth Ziesenis in: Hannover historical music, New Series 14 (1960), pp. 143–148
  • A. von Rohr: Father and daughter Ziesenis in: home country. Journal of History, Conservation, Cultural Care, ed. from Heimatbund Lower Saxony eV, Hanover 1905ff, here., 1983, pp. 40–44
  • Landesmuseum Hannover: John Frederick, John George, Elizabeth Ziesenis: Hannoversches Rococo, exhibition publication, Hanover, 1937