German sculptor Ernst Herter was born in 1846 in Berlin, Germany. In 1866 Herter was awarded the Academy prize as a student in a composition class, allowing him to travel to Copenhagen to study works in the Thorvaldsen Museum. He studied at the Academy of Arts in Berlin and later served as apprentice for Ferdinand August Fischer, and Gustav Blaeser.  Herter also apprenticed for Albert Wolff, whom he assisted with work for the equestrian monument to Emperor Frederick William III for the Lustgarten in Berlin. Herter, a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts, specialized in creating statues of mythological figures. Among his most famous works is Sterbender Achilles (Dying Achilles), created in Berlin in 1884. Ernst Herter died in Berlin in 1917. 

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