|Covid-19|May 2 and May 3 – In Spain the guerrilla resistance movement against the French forces of Napoleon Bonaparte begins; immortalized in 1814 by Francisco Goya's Third of May 1808.
April 5 – John James Audubon marries Lucy Bakewell.
The Academy of Fine Arts, Munich is founded.
The Rijksmuseum moves from The Hague to Amsterdam.
Thomas Phillips is elected to the Royal Academy.
Publication of Johann Dominicus Fiorillo's Geschichte der zeichnenden Künste.
Publication of an edition of Robert Blair's poem The Grave with illustrations from designs by William Blake (including A Vision of the Last Judgment).
Publication begins of The Microcosm of London illustrated in aquatint from watercolours produced jointly by Augustus Charles Pugin and Thomas Rowlandson and published by Rudolph Ackermann in London.
François Joseph Bosio – Statue of Cupid with a bow (Hermitage Museum)
Antonio Canova – Venus Victrix (marble reclining nude)
Richard Cosway – Portrait miniature of Arthur Wellesley
François-Xavier Fabre – The Judgement of Paris (approximate date)
Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
The Entombment of Atala
François-René de Chateaubriand
Hortense de Beauharnais
Francisco Goya – Prison Interior
Antoine-Jean Gros – Napoleon on the battlefield of Preussisch-Eylau
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Oedipus explains the riddle of the Sphinx
Thomas Lawrence – Portrait of the Children of Ayscoghe Boucherett
Edouard Pingret – Portrait of Napoleon I of France
February 5 – Carl Spitzweg, German Biedermeier painter (died 1885)
February 26 – Honoré Daumier, French painter, sculptor and illustrator (died 1879)
March 6 – Sofia Adlersparre, Swedish painter (died 1862)
July 12 – Edward Troye, Swiss-born American equine painter (died 1874)
Date unknown – Nikola Aleksić, Serbian portraitist in the Biedermeier artistic tradition and the Nazarene movement of 19th century German painters (died 1873)
February 10 – Hugh Douglas Hamilton, Irish portrait artist (born 1740)
March 1 – Fredrika Eleonora von Düben, Swedish textile artist, member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts (born 1738)
March 3 – Anton von Maron, Austrian painter active in Rome (born 1733)
April 10 – Jean-Laurent Mosnier, French painter and miniaturist (born 1743)
April 15 – Hubert Robert, painter (born 1733)
April 26 – Jean-Baptiste Pillement, Rococo painter, designer and engraver (born 1728)
June 1 – Jacques Kuyper, Dutch printmaker, painter, draftsman, watercolourist, etcher, musician, and composer (born 1761)
June 6 – Magdalene Bärens, Danish still life and flower painter (born 1737)
December 4 – Karl Ludwig Fernow, art critic (born 1763)
Christina Chalon, Dutch painter and etcher (born 1748)
Samuel Shelley, English miniaturist and watercolour painter (born 1750)
1808 in art Wikipedia
Events in the year 1808 in Art.