Portrait of Maximilian I Joseph, King of Bavaria (1756-1825), after Joseph Karl Stieler (1781-1858) [Part I]

June 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

025 25 Maximilian

Portrait of Maximilian I Joseph, King of Bavaria (1756-1825), after Joseph Karl Stieler (1781-1858) [Part I]

While in Munich, I was also able to augment my research on Winterhalter’s lithographic portraits after Joseph Karl Stieler (1781-1858), beginning with the portrait of Maximilian I Joseph, King of Bavaria (1781-1858) (see cat. no. 25).

As I am stating in my forthcoming PhD dissertation on the artist, Winterhalter’s lithographs after Stieler “are the very first recorded and extant examples of royal portraits in Winterhalter’s oeuvre”. All of Winterhalter’s lithographic portraits after Stieler are re-imagined as “half-length ovals, recreating the feel and style of intimate rococo miniatures, visually and psychologically endearing the subjects to the beholder.”

I always found this portrait of Maximilian I Joseph to be one of the most sympathetic renderings of the aged Bavarian monarch. As I write, “the king’s garments consist of a simple shirt and cravat, a vest, and a jacket, the top buttons of which are undone, struggling to contain the king’s expanding frame. No crown burdens his brow, and the humble row of military and honorary badges on his lapel is the only status signifier of the monarch.”

The original portrait remains untraced, and it is most likely that Winterhalter’s lithograph represents an amalgamation of several portraits of the Bavarian monarch by Joseph Stieler.

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2013.

Advertisements

Tagged: , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

What’s this?

You are currently reading Portrait of Maximilian I Joseph, King of Bavaria (1756-1825), after Joseph Karl Stieler (1781-1858) [Part I] at The Winterhalter Catalogue.

meta

%d bloggers like this: