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Joh. Baptist Lampi the Elder "Kaiser Franz II in Chevau-Leger Uniform", oil/canvas, late 1790s
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This of highest quality half-portrait in oil on canvas shows the young Holy Roman Kaiser (Emperor) Franz II (CLICK HERE FOR HIS BIOGRAPHY 0N WIKIPEDIA) in a uniform of the Austrian chevau-legers. We are absolutely sure that this is a typical and authentic work by the well-known Italo-Austrian neo-classical portraitist, Professor of the Vienna Academy - Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder, painted by him soon after his return to Vienna after a few years in Russia. Our images nr.9-18 entirely support this statement.
Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder (1751 Romeno, South Tyrol - 1830 Vienna) began his studies in Salzburg. After a short period working in his native South Tirol, he went then to Italy, where he worked with the Lorenzi Brothers in Verona, joining the Veronese Academy in 1773. He travelled throughout Italy painting commissioned religious works and portraits for the members of the high aristocracy. Back in Austria in the early 1780's he found access to the higher circles of society through noble protecteurs. He painted several portraits of emperor Josef II, having joined the Academy of Arts in 1785, where he became Professor for historical painting. In 1788 Lampi came to Warsaw where he portrayed the King and various high aristocrats. In 1790-1791 he was back in Vienna. On October 21st 1791, Lampi arrived (by invitation of Prince Grigori Potyomkin - Russian chief-commander in Bessarabia) to Potyomkin's Headquarter in Jassy (at that time - Russian province Bessarabia, today - Romania) but soon left for St. Petersburg, having missed Potyomkin by only five days (the latter died on October 16th). In St. Petersburg, where he arrived in the early 1792, Lampi the Elder immediately became a court artist. He stayed in the Russian capital six-years-long (in 1795 he was joined there by his eldest son Johann Baptist Lampi the Younger; 1775-1837). In 1798, after his return to Vienna (1797), he was ennobled by Emperor Franz I to Baron. In 1799 Lampi received the title of an Honorary Citizen of Vienna.
Provenance: Estate of Counts zu Muenster, Castle Derneburg by Hildesheim, near Hannover; auction house "Gallery Koller", Zurich, 2012 (as portrait of Kaiser Joseph II (???)).
Condition: good; lined in original frame
Creation Year: late 1790s
Object Type:Framed painting
Style: Old Master Paintings
Technique: Oil on canvas
Creator: Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder
Creator Dates: 1751 Romeno-1830 Vienna
Nationality:Austrian / Italian / Russian
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