Drawing of the high altar of St George in Bichl
Height: 37 cm, width: 23,6 cm
The Salzburgmuseum purchased the drawing in 2015, the provenance is unknown.1 Based on a second drawing of the same altarpiece in Berlin (J. B. Straub, 1751/52, graphite on paper, 34,1 x 16,8 cm, Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Kunstbibliothek, HdZ 6847) it can be attributed to Johann Baptist Straub.2 The high altar in the parish church St George in Bichl was commissioned by the monastery Benediktbeuern and executed by Straub in 1751/52; the receipts have been preserved at the Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv in Munich.3
Construction / Execution
The washed ink drawing on paper is executed in great detail and corresponds with the completed altarpiece. It carries no inscriptions expect for an indication of measurements on the basement of the depicted architecture. Compared with the more sketchy Berlin version, which also shows additional technical details like a layout, the Salzburg drawing is more representative, perhaps intended for presentational purposes.
- Author: Johann Baptist Straub (Wiesensteig ca. 1704 – Munich 1784)
- Completed: ca. 1751 – ca. 1752
- Patron(s): owner, monastery
- Material(s): ink
The object is in good condition. It shows signs of yellowing, several tears along the edges and a scratch across the dragon's head.
- Drawing of the high altar of St. George in Bichl
Catalogue entry prepared by Nina Stainer and Julia Strobl
Recommended citation: Nina Stainer and Julia Strobl, Drawing of the high altar of St George in Bichl, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 20/03/2019) URL