1783 – Born on September 23rd in Düsseldorf, Palatinate. A painter notable for his part in the German revival of fresco painting in the 19th century.
1811 – Cornelius went to Rome, where he joined a group of young German painters, the Nazarenes, or Lucas Brotherhood (Lukasbund), led by Franz Pforr and J.F. Overbeck.
1819 – Cornelius was invited to Munich by the Bavarian crown prince, later King Ludwig I, to decorate the new museum of classical sculpture (Glyptothek).
1824 – He became director of the Munich Academy.
1829 – His “Last Judgment”, filling the whole east wall of the Ludwigskirche in Munich, is notable for its clarity and didactic purpose.
1841 – Frederick William IV called Cornelius to Berlin, where his main occupation was the planning of a vast cycle of frescoes (never executed) for the walls of a cemetery, modelled on the Campo Santo in Pisa.
1867 – Died on March 6th in Berlin.