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Johann Nepomuk Hoefel-Attrib. "Hungarian physician Franz von Bene", rare oil miniature!, 1844/45
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This miniature portrait, since 2005 in our possession, of a gentleman with a cross of the Austrian Order of Leopold. finally turned out to be that of the well-known Hungarian physician and author of numerous works in medicine, Franz von Bene. A lithographic portrait found in August 2020 in the digital collection of the Austrian National Library (see our image nr.7) shows the same man, of the same age and in the same studio. The only difference - the lithograph shows him without the Knight Cross of Order of Leopold and our miniature already with the latter. From the standard reference source - the annual issues of "Hof- und Staats-Schematismus des österreichischen Kaiserthums" we learn that Franz von Bene obtained this award in 1844, i.e. at the age of 69 (full accordance with the sitter's visual age on both portraits!). It means both representations were made in an interval of maximum one to two years.
Franz Ritter (noble title preceding that of a baron) von Bene was born in 1775, in Mindszent, Southern Hungary and died in 1858 in Pest (Budapest). He visited schools in Szegedin, Ofen, Pest (all in Hungary) and Vienna. In 1798 he finished his medical studies and became doctor of medicine. In 1802 he obtained a job of professor of the medical faculty of the University of Pest. In 1807-1809 he was already dean of this faculty and in 1809-1810 even rector of the university. He has written many medical articles and books (in three languages!). He is especially remembered as the initiator of cowpox vaccination in Hungary.
As convincingly demonstrate our comparison images nr.8-11 this miniature is probably a work of well-known Austro-Hungarian artist of 1st half of 19th century, Johann Nepomuk Hoefel (Höfel).
Johann Nepomuk Hoefel was born in 1786 in Pest (Budapest) and died in 1864 in Vienna. He was the elder brother of another well-known Austrian artist and engraver - Blasius Hoefel (1792-1863). At first, he studied philosophy, then, entered the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, and became a pupil of Joseph Krafft. In 1811, he was awarded both small and great academic awards (the latter - for historical composition "Aageus recognizes his son Theseus"). In 1818, Hoefel moved (via Trieste) to Naples, returning later (via Tyrol and Munich) to Vienna. He settled in Vienna and became there a historical and religious artist, as well as a very popular portraitist.
Works of Johann Nepomuk Hoefel can be seen in Hungarian and Austrian National Galleries and in other prominent museums. Similarly, his church paintings can be viewed in various sites of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Condition: In good condition, framed.
Creation Year: 1844/45
Measurements: UNFRAMED:7,0x5,5cm/2,8x2,2in FRAMED: 12,3x10,8cm/4,8x4,3in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: oil on canvas (oval)
Creator: Johann Nepomuk Hoefel
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Creator Dates: 1786 Pest (Budapest)-1864 Vienna
Nationality: Hungarian / Austrian
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