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Jos. Karl Stieler "Princesses Elisabeth Ludovika and Amelie Auguste of Bavaria", ca. 1820, DISCOVERY!!
Price: 19000 EUR
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This work had resurfaced in February 2017 through the antique trade in South Germany. This superior quality painting is a true sensation!
Bavarian King Maximilian I Joseph had five (surviving into adulthood) children with his second wife, Karoline of Baden (1786-1841). All five of them were girls; four of them were born as pairs of twins: Princess Elisabeth Ludovika (called Elisa; 1801-1873; CLICK HERE and HERE; in 1823, she married future King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia) and her twin-sister Princess Amalie Auguste (1801-1877; CLICK HERE; in 1822, she married the future King Johann of Saxony) were born on November 13, 1801. The second pair of twin-sisters, Princess Sophie Friederike Dorothee (1805-1872; in 1824, she married in Vienna Archduke Franz Karl and in 1830, gave birth the future Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I) and Princess Marie Anne Leopoldine (1805-1877; in 1833, she married the future King Friedrich August II of Saxony) were born on January 27, 1805.
The small double portrait which is presented here shows the first mentioned set of twins, namely Princesses Elisabeth Ludovika and Amelie Auguste. They are depicted in a romantic park landscape, dressed and hair-styled according to fashion of ca. 1820. In other words, in this portrait, they are about five to six years older than in their widely known 1814 portrait (see our image nr.11).
Similarly, our comparison images nr.12-18 prove that it is the first set of twins that we are dealing with .
Moreover, alike the 1814 double portrait (once again, see our image nr.11), the one presented here was painted (of which we are 100% convinced; see our comparison images nr.19-30) by Bavarian court portraitist of the 1st half of the 19th century, famous Munich artist Joseph Karl Stieler. Having changed several hands in the last one hundred years (its second last owners were renowned German collectors from Hamburg, Cäsar and Ruth Pinnau; CLICK HERE) "our" portrait was until today considered a work of an unknown German artist and consequently portraying unidentified young ladies…
Joseph Karl Stieler (1781 Mainz - 1858 Munich) was an outstanding German portraitist of the first half of the 19th century. He started his career as a painter of portrait miniatures, in 1800 moved to Vienna, where he became a pupil of H.Fueger and turned to oil painting. In 1807-1808 the artist studied in Paris under Gerard, for two years lived in Rome and in 1812 went back to Munich, where he was graciously received by Maximilian I. In 1816-1820 Stieler lived in Vienna and from 1820 until his death in 1858 lived and worked in Munich, where he became a royal painter of Ludwig I. During this period he was heaped by numerous commissions of various royals. Stieler's works can be seen in the greatest museums in Germany and abroad.
Condition: good; in original frame
Creation Year: ca 1820
Measurements:UNFRAMED:31,7x40,6cm/12,5x16,0in FRAMED: 45,5x55,0cm/17,9x21,7in
Object Type:Framed oil painting
Style: Biedermeier paintings
Technique: oil on panel (oval)
Creator: Joseph Karl Stieler
Creator Dates: 1781 Mainz-1858 Munich
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