Art by Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max
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Gabriel Cornelius Ritter von Max (August 23, 1840, Prague - November 24, 1915, München) was a Prague-born Austrian painter. He was born Gabriel Cornelius Max, the son of Czech sculptor Joseph Max and Anna Schumann. He studied between 1855 and 1858 at the Prague Academy of Arts with Eduard von Engerth. His studies included parapsychology (somnambulism, hypnotism, spiritism), Darwinism, asiatic philosophy, the ideas of Schopenhauer, and various mystical traditions. The spiritual-mystical movement was emphasized by the writings of Carl du Prels, and the Munich painter Albert von Keller was also an influence.