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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Franz Anton Maulbertsch
DESIGN FOR A CEILING WITH THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Franz Anton Maulbertsch
DESIGN FOR A CEILING WITH THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Franz Anton Maulbertsch
LANGENARGEN AM BODENSEE 1724 - 1796 VIENNA
DESIGN FOR A CEILING WITH THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN
Pen and brown ink and grey wash, heightened with white on paper washed ochre;
bears inscription, lower right: himelfart
283 by 212 mm
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Provenance

Sale, London, Christie's, 19 April 1994, lot 185;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 10 July 2002, lot 202;
Private Collection

Catalogue Note

The subject of the Assumption of the Virgin was one that Maulbertsch is known to have treated on numerous occasions throughout his career, as he worked his way around Central Europe, where he spent spells of time in Germany, Austria, Moravia and Hungary.

In 1781 Maulbertsch was commissioned by Károly von Esterházy, Bishop of Eger, to fresco the ceiling of the parish church of Pápa in Hungary, with an Assumption of the Virgin, which was completed by the artist in 1783. Whilst there are a number of differences between the composition of the final fresco and the present work, the positioning and gestures of many of the key figures are undeniably similar, raising the possibility that the present drawing was a preliminary study for the Pápa project.

1. See K. Garas, Franz Anton Maulbertsch 1724-1796, Vienna 1960, p. 224, no. 313, pl. CXCV, fig. 259

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