May 13, 2022

View across the Moat towards the Thomasschule and the Thomaskirche in Leipzig

View across the Moat towards the Thomasschule and the Thomaskirche in Leipzig

1817

Pen and black ink and graphite on ivory wove paper

Sheet: 15.7 x 23.8 cm (6 3/16 x 9 3/8 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2022.1

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The landscape in this drawing is seen from the perspective of Schnorr von Carolsfeld’s family home in Leipzig.

Description

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld belonged to the Nazarenes, a group of artists who looked to early Northern Renaissance art for its simplicity and piety. The artist created this drawing during a visit to his native Leipzig en route to join the Nazarenes in Rome. He depicted the city’s distinctive features, including the oldest German language school in Europe (of which he was an alumnus) and a church where Johann Sebastian Bach served as cantor during the 18th century. The artist himself appears in a self-portrait at right in the pair seen at lower left. He juxtaposed loosely sketched landscape with areas of profuse detail, created with a hard and sharpened pencil reinforced with pen and ink.

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