Fridolin Assists with the Holy Mass

Object Details

Title:

Fridolin Assists with the Holy Mass

Artist/Maker:

Peter Fendi (Austrian, 1796 - 1842)

Culture:

Austrian

Place:

Austria (Place created)

Date:

1833

Medium:

Gouache, watercolor and graphite on board

Object Number:

2009.61

Dimensions:

23.4 × 30.9 cm (9 3/16 × 12 3/16 in.)

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This watercolor illustrates a scene from "The Way to the Forge," a poem by Friedrich Schiller (1759 - 1805). Fridolin, a young page, is threatened with death by a villainous rival. On the way to an iron forge whose smiths have been ordered to throw him into the furnace, he stops at a country church and assists the priest in performing the Mass--a deed that saves his life.

The luminous colors and graceful lines, typical of the artist's style, made Peter Fendi one of the leading Austrian artists of his time.

Exhibitions
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