Bernhard von Lindenau
Baron Bernhard August von Lindenau (June 11, 1780 – May 21, 1854) was a German
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, astronomer
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, politician, and art collector.

Lindenau was born in Altenburg
Altenburg is a town in the German federal state of Thuringia, 45 km south of Leipzig. It is the capital of the Altenburger Land district.-Geography:...

, where he also died. In 1830 he was the Minister of the Interior during a turbulent period in the history of Saxony. Late in the year he oversaw measures to calm violent protests demanding political reform.

He created a collection of Italian artwork from the 14th and 15th centuries by Florentine painters in an effort to create artistic awareness. He gave his art collection to the city of Altenburg on the condition that they create a museum to display the pieces. This museum was finished in 1875, and became the Lindenau-Museum
The Lindenau-Museum is an art museum in Altenburg, Thuringia, Germany.The museum originated as the house-museum of baron and collector Bernhard August von Lindenau. The building was completed in 1876....


Lindenau edited the Monatliche Correspondenz zur Beförderung der Erd- und Himmels-Kunde starting in 1807. The Journal was founded by Franz Xaver von Zach in 1800 and existed until 1813.

He died in Windischleuba
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Awards and honors

  • Asteroid
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     9322 Lindenau
    9322 Lindenau
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     was named for him.
  • Lindenau (crater)
    Lindenau (crater)
    Lindenau is a lunar impact crater. It is located beside the east-southeastern rim of the crater Zagut, and to the northeast of Rabbi Levi. To the northeast is the slightly smaller crater Rothmann and the Rupes Altai scarp...

     on the Moon
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    was named for him.
  • Lindenau Museum in Altenburg was named after him.
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