Joseph von Führich (Austrian, Kratzau 1800–1876 Vienna)
Pen and black ink, brush and gray and yellow wash, over graphite; framing line in pen and ink over graphite.
sheet: 9 1/16 x 7 1/16 in. (23 x 18 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 2006
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.