Ignatius Johannes Stracké was born in Dorsten, Germany in 1789 and was the founder of the Stracké dynasty of sculptors and painters. He was taught by the noted sculptor, Christian Daniel Rauch, at the Berlin Academy of Art. On completion of his studies, he became director at the Royal Academy for Art and Design at ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. For further reading, please click on Dorsten Lexikon in “Useful Links” – it’s in German so it might be a good idea to enable Google Translate in your browser.
In 1812 he married Ursula Reuter (Ruijter) with whom he produced three sons, Johan Theodore, Gottfried and Franz (Frans), who also became sculptors. They had one daughter, Maria Francisca, but little is known about her. They moved to Arnhem in 1842 where Ignatius died in 1875.
The sculptor, Gottfried Kappen (1906-1981) from Gladbeck, is the great-grandson of Gottfried Stracké, after whom he is named. Please click on Gottfried Kappen in “Useful Links” if you want to read more about his works, life and place in the Stracké family. It’s in German, so again, it might be helpful to enable Google Translate in your browser.
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