Wroclaw 1715 - 1795 Vienna

Allegory of an enlightened government

Pen and brown ink, grey washed, 24,5 x 37,7 cm

This drawing is a problem which can not be solved whether in the way of content nor in the way of style.
The drawing is a first draft for a relatively small ceiling painting with curved edges and conical corners. The most important attributes, like the crown which the boy is holding in his hands and the sceptre which is given to him, point to an allegory of the regency. From the stylistic way you can classify this drawing to the 2nd half of the 18th century, more precise the 60/70 years. The figures were drawn with a pen in a very delicate way. They show a high way of abstraction which is only moderated through washing. Chiselled lines without any definition of contours are stylistic elements which are used by the artists from the circle around Paul Troger, like Josef Ignaz MILDORFER (Innsbruck 1719 – 1775 Wien) or Franz Caspar SAMBACH (Breslau 1715 – 1795 Wien). The more sensible drawing style of Sambach fits better to the drawing presented (see Waltraut Hauk, Franz C. Sambach, diss.phil., Vienna 1985, ill. 97, coronation of the Virgin Mary, pen and grey ink, Albertina, Vienna, inv. 23180).

price: 3.800 €