This newly discovered work " Rudolf of Habsburg and the priest" was executed in 1818 by famous German Romanticist Franz Ludwig Catel (1778 Berlin - 1856 Rome) and was purchased a few years ago as unknown mythological work on one of the sales of famous Stuttgart auction house Nagel. Later we attributed it to the hand of Franz Ludwig Catel on the basis of famous sketch-drawing by Catel with the fully identical sujet ( currently in the Stuttgart Städel Museum ), its image is in the exhibition catalogue "Franz Ludwig Catel" by famous expert for art of North-German Romanticists Dr. Andreas Stolzenburg, 2007 (see additional photo). Our attribution was confirmed by this expert in 2015 and in the same year this painting was participated at his invitation in the important Retrospective exhibition of F.L.Catel , which was hold in the Museum of Hamburg Kunsthalle (unfortunately, after the catalogue was printed). All the documents confirming its participate in this retrospective are attached to the painting .
Also noteworthy is the quotation from the the German article about this exhibition in the famous art magazine "Weltkunst" on finding and attributing this work (see additional photo).
This early historical painting based on the famous German legend , which was depicted in important art works and poetry from Peter Paul Rubens to Romantic by Schiller, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld , J.N. Hoechle, Franz Pforr and Josef Führich .
Rudolph I, also known as Rudolph of Habsburg, who was King of the Romans from 1273 played a vital role in raising the Habsburg dynasty to a leading position among the German feudal dynasties, from him come the emperors of Austria .The Habsburg legend tells story about the piety of Count Habsburg : the count meet the priester , who hurried to a dying and gave him his own horse , thereby he can the cross rapid brook.
Here is the biography of Franz Michael Catel from the on-line Wikipedia:
". .. Catel spent the most of his career in Rome. Catel was born to Berlin in 1778. He began the his artistic career by carving in wood, and the then-design book illustrations, including, in 1799, ten plate for Goethe's Hermann and Dorothea. He is a Indian ink and water-colours, producing in 1806 a large pieces in the latter medium, representing the death of Nicholas of Bernau, which the gains him into the admission Academy. In 1807 him went to Paris, where he studied oil paint.
The year 1812 found him in Rome, where his education as, is a artist was a much advanced by his connection with Koch, Overbeck, Schadow, and Cornelius.
His inclination led him more especially in the direction of painting landscapes with prominent architectural details or figures in the foreground often moving to the territory of genre paint. He attaches the himself to the new Classic School of landscape, labouring especially for make his perspective tell effectively, and to gains a great mastery over lighting and shade. His ideas gainsed much at point of breadth from a visit to Sicily, which him made in company with Prince Golitsuin in 1818.
In 1824-he's Painty crown Prince Ludwig at the Spanish Wine Tavern in Rome (Neue Pinakothek, Munich) a works commissioned by the Prince himself, who is shown to an, informal gathering of artist, mostly German, and a view of the Aventine hill visible through. He settled to Macerata in 1830, but Returnd home on a visit in 1840, on which occasion a professorship is bestowed on him by the King of Prussia.
Catel's landscape subjects included the Moonlight view of the Colonnade of St. Peter, and the storm on Mount Etna. In the Berlin Gallery are the Neapolitan views, both paint in 1822, and in the new Pinakothek, Munich, are eight works by him, views in Italy.
The success of his paintings made him prosperous enough to be able to set up and entirely finance a fund for young artist in Rome. He died to Rome in 1856.
Provenance: sale of auction house Nagel, Stuttgart.
Literature : Thieme/Becker "Arist Lexicon (in German); Cataloque " Franz Michael Catel" by Dr. A. Stolzenburg, Rome province, 207; Cataloque of the retrospective exhibition " Franz Michael Catel" by Dr. A. Stolzenburg, Hamburg museum Kunsthalle, 2015.; Cataloque of Städel Museum, Stuttgart; article in the Weltkunst magazine.
Technique: oil on canvas. Luxuriousy original Classicism gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 39 1/3" x h 29 1/8" (100 x 74cm); framed w 48 3/4" x h 38 5/8" (124 x 98 cm).
Condition: painting and frame are in very good condition .