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
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The Coronation of Charlemagne
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (German, 1794 - 1872)
Brown ink over graphite
33.2 x 59.9 cm (13 1/16 x 23 9/16 in.)
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.