Portrait of the Artist Johann Christian Reinhart

José de Madrazo Spanish
Sitter Johann Christian Reinhart German

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From 1810-1813 Madrazo worked in Rome where he met the German artist Johann Christian Reinhart (1761-1847). He etched several portraits of him of which this is the most striking. This is a proof impression (before letters). The impression in the Museo del Prado, Madrid is lettered along the bottom ‘José de Madrazo pinto et sculp aqua fort’. What must be a preparatory drawing for the print is in a private collection in Guadalajara. A painting by Madrazo of Reinhart that comes close to the print is in the Galleria dell' Accademia di San Luca, Rome.

On the subject of Madrazo’s prints and his time in Rome, see Gloria Solache, ‘José de Madrazo y la práctica del aguafuerte durante su estancia en Roma (1810-1813). Estampas Inéditas y su proceso creative, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXV, 2007, pp.84-96 (cat.no.7, this print). Regarding the preparatory drawing, see 'Les Élèves espagnols de David', exhbt. Cat., Musée Goya, Castres, 1989 (no.83) and the related painting: I. Feuchtmayr, 'Johann Christian Reinhart', Munich 1975, (no.11).

Portrait of the Artist Johann Christian Reinhart, José de Madrazo (Spanish, Santander 1781–1859 Madrid), Etching; proof

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