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    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 150

    Johann Friedrich I Pereth (Salzburg 1649-after 1694)

    An allegory with the portrait of Johann Ernst von Thun, Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, in an oval surrounded by saints and allegorical female figures

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    Johann Friedrich I Pereth (Salzburg 1649-after 1694)
    An allegory with the portrait of Johann Ernst von Thun, Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, in an oval surrounded by saints and allegorical female figures
    signed 'IOHAN. FRIDERICH. PERRETY.', inscribed 'PRO/PO/PULO', 'PRO/DEO' and numbered from 1 to 7 on the monuments, extensively inscribed on the lower margin and 'Johan Friedrich Perrety: fe' (on the mount)
    pen and brown and black ink, grey wash heightened with white, on three joined sheets
    11¾ x 7 1/8 in. (301 x 180 mm.)


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    Johann Ernst von Thun (1643-1709) was the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, Austria, from 1687 until his death. He was opinionated, with strong artistic and religious views: he promoted Austrian Baroque architecture at the expense of the more fashionable Italian art.
    In this drawing, preparatory for a dedication print, Von Thun is portrayed in an oval, surrounded by the monuments of Salzburg that he commissioned or endowed. These are listed at the bottom of the page: The Church of the Holy Trinity, The Seminary and College of Saint Virgil, 1694 (no. 1), The University Church, 1696 (no. 3), The Pilgrimage Church in Lofer, 1694 (no. 4), The Hospital Saint John, 1695 (no. 5), The Riding School, 1693 (no. 6), and The Stables, 1693-5 (no. 7). At the top of the drawing is the Trinity, Saint Rupert (patron saint of Salzburg), the Virgin, Saint John and Saint Ernest (name saints of the Archbishop); at the bottom are the allegories of Faith, Justice, Prudence, with the eagles and unicorn, emblems of von Thun. In the centre is his coat of arms as Archbishop.
    Johann Friedrich Pereth is best known for his altarpieces in the diocese of Salzburg and for his preparatory drawings for prints (views of Maria Plain, of Bad Gastein, Scenes of the Life of Saint Anthony; see N. Schaffer, in Salzburger Kulturlexikon, Salzburg, 2001, p. 393).
    We are grateful to Dr. Peter Keller for his help in cataloguing this drawing.