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The Coronation of Charlemagne

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The Coronation of Charlemagne


Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (German, 1794 - 1872)




Germany (Place Created)




Brown ink over graphite

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33.2 × 59.9 cm (13 1/16 × 23 9/16 in.)

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Object Description

Charlemagne laid the foundations of the Holy Roman Empire, the league of central European, mostly German-speaking lands that lasted for a millennium. This grand, multifigured composition celebrates one of the great events of German history, when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne the first Holy Roman Emperor in Rome in the year 800. The drawing was preparatory for a fresco, commissioned by Ludwig I, king of Bavaria, for the royal palace in Munich. The subject emphasized the religious and political bonds between Italy and Catholic Germany.

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1878)
  • Brühlsche Terrasse, 1878
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld: Zeichnungen (November 20, 1994 to April 8, 1995)
  • Landesmuseum Mainz, November 20, 1994 to January 8, 1995
  • Bayerische Vereinsbank, February 9 to April 8, 1995
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, aus dem Leben Karls des Grossen: Kartons für die Wandbilder der Münchner Residenz (October 16, 1999 to January 16, 2000)
  • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Rüstkammer (Dresden), January 16, 2000
  • Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett (Dresden), October 16, 1999 -
Spirit of an Age: Drawings from the Germanic World, 1770-1900 (March 29 to June 19, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 29 to June 19, 2011
Zeitgeist: Art from the Germanic World, 1800-1900 (February 10 to May 17, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 10 to May 17, 2015