Drawing 13

Early 19th Century German Romantic painters



Fine draughtsmanship and quality verisimilitude of one of the world’s most important artists. The hatching and shading represents a tribute to the original Michelangelo tondo, representing a fragment of a section of the corner pendentive from the Sistine Chapel, “The Brazen Serpent”. A finely executed pencil drawing including wonderful garment folds and anatomical detail.

The Germanic Romantic School known by the epithet, “Nazarene Movement” was a strong reaction to modern tastes, rejecting the neoclassical mood of the times and the accepted art education of the academy system. The epithet “Nazarene” was adopted by a coterie of early 19th century German Romantic painters aiming to revive spirituality in art. “Nazarene” stemmed from a term of derision used against them for their affectation of a biblical manner of clothing and hair style.

The Nazarene’s attempted a virtuosity of execution that enobled the best of their work. Also know as the Brotherhood of St. Luke, they included Johann Friedrich OverbeckFranz PforrLudwig Vogel and Johann Konrad Hottinger who moved to Rome, where they occupied the abandoned monastery of San Isidoro. They were joined by Philipp VeitPeter von CorneliusJulius Schnorr von CarolsfeldFriedrich Wilhelm Schadow and a loose grouping of other German-speaking artists. They met up with Austrian romantic landscape artist Joseph Anton Koch (1768–1839) who became an unofficial tutor to the group. In 1827 they were joined by Joseph von Führich (1800–1876). Wiki.


Provenance: collection of an Austrian neoclassical sculptor. The present sheet was discovered and purchased from a Benedictine Monastery in Austria.


Graphite pencil on laid paper.

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