(1804–1874), German painter, was born at Stettin (Szczecin).
He was a disciple of the painter Schadow, and, on Schadow's appointment to the presidency of a new academy in the Rhenish provinces in 1828, followed that master to Düsseldorf. Hildebrandt began by painting pictures illustrative of Goethe and Shakespeare; but in this form he followed the traditions of the stage rather than the laws of nature. He produced rapidly "Faust and Mephistopheles" (1824), "Faust and Margaret" (1825), and "Lear and Cordelia" (1828). He is associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting.
Theodor Hildebrandt, The Murder of the Sons of Edward IV, 1835
Theodor Hildebrandt, Warrior and Child, oil on canvas, 40.94 x 36.22cm