Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wherever I walk, I come upon familiar objects in an unfamiliar world; everything is just as I imagined it, yet everything is new.

Known as a remarkable German playwright, poet and novelist, Goethe was born in Frankfurt but was also linked with Leipzig and Weimar throughout his life. Famous as the author of 'Gotz Von Berlichingen 'and 'The Sorrows of Young Werther', in 1786 he decided to travel to Italy, thus starting a trend of travelling by romantic poets including Keats, Shelley and Byron. An artistic relation from his foreign experiences was a diary called 'Italian Journey'. Goethe decided to prolong his stay in Rome until 1788, as he devoted himself to writing, painting and exploring his inner self. He also visited Alban Hills, Lake Garda, Verona, Venice, Naples and Sicily. After returning to Germany, he remained active as an artist, though it was hard for him to adjust to everyday life. His greatest work was 'Faust', which he wrote and rewrote until his last days. There’s a painting by J.W. H Tischbein presenting Goethe in the Roman countryside, with Cecilia Metella's tomb in the background.