The Investiture of Bishop Harold as Duke of Franconia

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo Italian

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This oil sketch is preparatory to a fresco in the magnificent Kaisersaal (reception room) of the Residenz, or Prince-Bishop’s Palace, in Würzburg. It represents an event in the early city’s history. In the year 1168, Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa gave Harold of Hochheim, Bishop of Würzburg, the title of Duke of Franconia. The depictions of a relatively obscure event some six hundred years old celebrated the lineage and legitimacy of the region’s rulers.

The Investiture of Bishop Harold as Duke of Franconia, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Italian, Venice 1696–1770 Madrid), Oil on canvas

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