Winckelmann Museum is a tribute to the memory of theart expert Johann Joachim Winckelmann, who was born in Stendal in 1717. Althoughhis father was a simple shoemaker, Winckelmann took an unusual interest in thehistory and literature from a young age. He studied in Berlin and Halle, wasnoticed by a number of aristocrats and carried out historical research in Italyat their cost. His books on the history of ancient art were bestsellers at theturn of XVIII-XIX centuries. They were also overread by a young FrenchmanHenri-Marie Beyle, who chose the pseudonym Stendhal in honor of his idol’s homeland.The whole world knows the author of "The Red and the Black" underthis name!
The house where JohannJoachim Winckelmann was born, has been preserved in a rebuilt form. The museumopened in 1955. Here you can learn about the childhood of the historian and seehow people lived in the first half of the XVIII century. There is a woodenfigure of a horse standing in front of the museum. This is a "Trojan Horse"from the ancient Greek mythology, which was extensively studied by Winckelmann.