Here, a proud mother in festive local costume runs the blind grandfather's hand over the medal while the boy, his writing slate, book, and quill under his arm, already has his eye on the pastry being held out to him by his grandmother. His father and mother look proudly on. The setting appears to be a valley near Pernitz, to the south west of Vienna, the peak in the background the Schneeberg. Despite the minute attention to verisimilitude – each expression is lovingly captured, the topography recognisable – Waldmüller remained faithful to the tenets of academic teaching, the staged, pyramidal structure of the figures harking back to Leonardo, Raphael, and the Renaissance masters.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale