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Female head, crowned with ivy Study for the painting Plato’s Banquet (1873, Berlin Nationalgalerie)

Anselm Feuerbach1871

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Feuerbach used the same woman as his model for Alcibiades’ two female companions in the second version of his painting entitled Plato’s Banquet (1873, Nationalgalerie, Berlin). She was a Venetian by the name of Lucia Brunacci, who in 1866 had succeeded Anna Risi (‘Nanna’) – a native of Rome who, prior to leaving the artist, had served as his first famous model. While Feuerbach never captured Lucia Brunacci’s austere beauty in a portrait, the model was nevertheless transfigured in some of his most accomplished close-up head studies into an archetype for a new kind of classical beauty, her spirit and inner grandeur helping the artist in his quest to revive a lost tradition through his painting.

Details

  • Title: Female head, crowned with ivy Study for the painting Plato’s Banquet (1873, Berlin Nationalgalerie)
  • Creator: Anselm Feuerbach
  • Date: 1871
  • Physical Dimensions: w39.8 x h48.3 cm
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: Black and colored chalks with opaque white, on light brown cardboard
  • Signature / Inscription: bottom left monogrammed: "AF.71"
  • Inv.-No.: SZ Feuerbach 28
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Jörg P. Anders │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Marie Ursula Riemann-Reyher
  • Collection: Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Artist Gender: Male
  • Artist Dates: 12.09.1829 - 04.01.1880

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