His archaeological and mythological Memoire sur Venus (1775),(1775), which has been ranked with similar works of Heyne and Winckelmann, gained him admission to the Academie des Inscriptions (1778).
Winckelmann (1551-1626) and Balthasar Mentzer (1565-1627) at Marburg.
A monument to the archaeologist Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768) commemorates his birth in the town.
The views on art contained in Herder's Kritische Wader (1769), Plastik (1778), &c., are chiefly valuable as a correction of the excesses into which reverence for Greek art had betrayed Winckelmann and Lessing, by help of his fundamental idea of national idiosyncrasy.
The classical reaction was now in full tide; Winckelmann was writing, Raphael Mengs.