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  • Conradin of Swabia and Friedrich of Baden Awaiting Sentence

    Artist:
    Tischbein, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm. 1751-1829
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    65,5x91,5 cm

Tischbein, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm. 1751-1829

Conradin of Swabia and Friedrich of Baden Awaiting Sentence

Germany, 1785

This painting is based on the poem ‘Conradin, Duke of Swabia’ by Johann Jakob Bodmer. Conradin, Duke of Swabia (1252-1268), was the last male representative of the house of Hohenstaufen, who after defeat in the battle of Tagliacozzo (Italy) was taken prisoner by Charles of Anjou and beheaded in Naples in 1268, together with his childhood friend Frederick of Baden. Tischbein, who lived for a long time in Italy, represents this historical event in a rather conventional manner by using direct borrowings from the Classical heritage. The features of Conradin's face recall the famous sculpture Apollo Belvedere, while the judge reading the sentence has a likeness to a portrait of the Roman Emperor Vitellius. Except for the main characters, the figures wear clothes reminiscent of ancient attire. The author sought to enliven this chosen Classical scheme through the introduction of genre details. The work is a reduced copy of a painting in the Museum in Gotha, Germany. This replica, produced by the author himself, was commissioned for Catherine II by the writer and dramatist Denis Fonvizin.

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Conradin of Swabia and Friedrich of Baden Awaiting Sentence

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oil

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65,5x91,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1931; transferred from the Antikvariat All-Union Association; formerly in the Gatchina Palace Museum

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ГЭ-7155

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