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Genoveva’s Murderers Take Pity

A work made of pen and black ink, over traces of graphite, on ivory wove paper, partially laid down on ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink, over traces of graphite, on ivory wove paper, partially laid down on ivory wove paper.

Date:

c. 1830

Artist:

Joseph Ritter von Führich
Bohemian, 1800–1876

About this artwork

Joseph Ritter von Führich was a fresco painter and draughtsman active in Rome with the Nazarene Brotherhood, who preferred a style of drawing that employed expressive outline and clarity of detail reminiscent of Albrecht Dürer and Raphael. Führich designed illustrations for several religious themed books, including an edition of Ludwig Tieck’s play The Life and Death of Saint Genoveva (1799/1800), which was based on a medieval legend of innocence betrayed. In the play, Genoveva is wrongly accused of being unfaithful by her husband, a character likely based on the 13th-century Duke Ludwig II of Bavaria. Robert Schumann’s only opera was based on Tieck’s play and was first performed in Leipzig in 1850.

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Artist

Josef von Führich

Title

Genoveva’s Murderers Take Pity

Origin

Bohemia

Date

Made 1825–1835

Medium

Pen and black ink, over traces of graphite, on ivory wove paper, partially laid down on ivory wove paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso, lower center, in graphite: "v. Führich / Wörndle 200 / 9 “Genovefas Mörder haben Mittleid” / 23,8 : 31 cm"; upper right, in graphite: "7020 / 35"

Dimensions

234 × 307 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.942

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