The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794 - 1872): Nude Boy - 1823

Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Koln, DE has listed a nice drawing of a nude boy by the well known German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872) in their current auction catalog. He was a talented draftsman, engraver, and painter who figured importantly in the 19th century German Nazarene movement. In 1818 he traveled to Rome where he was associated with a group of painters who called themselves the Nazarenes, or Lucas Brotherhood (Lukasbund). Inspired by early Renaissance Art and the works of Albrecht Dürer. Schnorr’s oil paintings were characterized by a precise linearity, clear bright colors, and a multiplicity of symbolic detail. He shared his fellow Nazarenes’ interest in a revival of fresco painting and the creation of a “monumental art.” Schnorr left Rome and settled in Munich in 1827, where he served King Ludwig I, transplanting to Germany the art of wall painting he mastered in Italy.

Here are a few examples of his academic works:


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