Artworks Catalogue

Drawing of the high altar of St. George in Bichl

Location

Austria, Salzburg

Salzburg Museum

Artwork

Drawing of the high altar of St George in Bichl

Type

Drawing

Dimensions

Height: 37 cm, width: 23,6 cm

Critical History

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.

Components

Drawing
Author: Johann Baptist Straub (Wiesensteig ca. 1704 – Munich 1784)
Completed: ca. 1751 – ca. 1752
Patron(s): owner, monastery
Material(s): ink

Comment

The object is in good condition. It shows signs of yellowing, several tears along the edges and a scratch across the dragon's head.

Images

  1. 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 25/06/2019) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Bavarian State Archives (Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv), Munich, Acount books, 1751/1752
  2. Johann Caspar Lippert, Kurzgefaßte Nachricht von dem churbaierischen ersten Hofbildhauer Herrn Johannes Straub, in: Augsburgisches monatliches Kunstblatt. Kunstzeitung der kaiserlichen Akademie zu Augsburg, 1772, Nr. 54f
  3. Adelheid Schlagberger-Simon, Süddeutsche Entwurfszeichnungen zur Dekorationskunst in Residenzen und Kirchen des 18. Jahrhunderts. Katalog zur Ausstellung - Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz (ed.), Berlin, 1976
  4. Peter Volk, Johann Baptist Straub 1704–1784, München, Hirmer Verlag, 1984
  5. Bayerische Rokokoplastik. Vom Entwurf zur Ausführung (exhibition catalogue, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich 1985), Peter Volk (ed.), Munich , Verlag Schnell & Steiner, 1985

Notes

1 The drawing has got no inventarisation number.

2 Peter Volk, 1984, 185-186, fig. 122; Adelheid Schlagberger-Simon, 1976, 39, cat. 71, fig. 36; Peter Volk, 1985, 167, fig. 202.

3 Receipts in the account books of the construction period, Munich, Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Kl. Lit. Benediktbeuern Nr. 224, fol. 1r, 28v, 30v; Nr. 225, fol. 94v, 98v, 124r; Lippert 1772, p. 62: "59) Für das Kloster Benedictbaiern einen Altar mit dem Heiligen Georgius zu Pferd, samt der übrigen Verzierung."