Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Saint Henry (Emperor Henry II)

Artist:
Joseph von Führich (Austrian, Kratzau 1800–1876 Vienna)
Date:
1800–1876
Medium:
Pen and black ink, brush and gray and yellow wash, over graphite; framing line in pen and ink over graphite.
Dimensions:
sheet: 9 1/16 x 7 1/16 in. (23 x 18 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.346
Not on view
In minute pen lines and delicate touches of wash, Henry II, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1002 to 1024, is shown holding a model of Bamberg Cathedral, which he founded. His nimbus, inscribed in Latin "Saint Henry the Emperor,"refers to his canonization; his crown, ermine robe, and armour refer to his power as a secular ruler. The drawing is an outstanding example of the later style of
von Fühich, who, in his youth, had been a member of the Nazarene Brotherhood and later spread their influence in Austria as professor at the Vienna Academy. The drawing’s purpose is unknown; it may have been a design for a book illustration or a church decoration.
Signature: In pen and ink, right corner above bottom framing line: I. Führich. inv:

Inscription: At upper center, in the nimbus, inscribed "SANCTUS.HENRICUS.IM" In pen and ink, by the artist. Verso: at lower left, inscribed "209100/0461" in graphite
Karl & Faber (Munich), November 29, 2005, lot 260; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 26, 2012–February 24, 2013.

Related Objects

Das Vater-unser in 9 Blättern (Prague, 1826)

Artist: Joseph von Führich (Austrian, Kratzau 1800–1876 Vienna) Date: 1826 Medium: Etching Accession: 2009.192a–i On view in:Not on view

Der arme Heinrich

Artist: Joseph von Führich (Austrian, Kratzau 1800–1876 Vienna) Date: 1878 Medium: Wood engravings Accession: 28.79.4 On view in:Not on view

God Summons Noah and His Family into the Ark

Artist: Joseph von Führich (Austrian, Kratzau 1800–1876 Vienna) Date: 1827 (?) Medium: Pen and brown ink, heightened with white gouache, on blue paper Accession: 2010.385.1 On view in:Not on view

Gods Summons Noah and His Family into the Ark

Artist: Joseph von Führich (Austrian, Kratzau 1800–1876 Vienna) Date: 1827 (?) Medium: Wood engraving Accession: 2010.385.2 On view in:Not on view