This highly romantical religious painting was executed in Rome in 1847 by famous Austrian Nazarene artist Baron Carl von Blaas the Elder (1815-1894), father of the famous genre painter Eugen von Blaas.
Carl von Blaas was a very important figure of the Austrian art history. He was a student of the Venice Academy between 1832 and 1837, travelled to Rome on a five-year-grant and there came into contact with the leading members of the Nazarenes, the German artist Overbeck and his circle. He also studied in Munich for two years and then painted comission works for churches in Paris, London, Italy, Hungary, Russia etc. From 1851 he stayed in Vienna and from 1856-1866 was the Professor of the Venice Academy. Von Blaas shared the Nazarene´s fascination with Renaissance artists and identified with their religious mission of art.
Literature: Thieme/Becker "Allgemeines Lexikon der bildendenden Künstler.." ; Prof.H.Fuchs, Lexicon of austrian artists, Vienna, 1975; Saur, AKL (Genaral Artist Lexicon) .
Inscription: signed and dated Rom 1847 lower left, under image - Latin inscription from the Bible, psalm 72:17 (in English:" And in him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed").
Technique: oil on canvases, original gold-plated frames.
Measurements: unframed w 17 1/3" x h 33 1/2" (44 x 85 cm), framed w 25 1/4" x h 41 1/3" (64 x 105 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.