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Johann Friedrich Overbeck
Johann Friedrich
Germany 1789−1869
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Born in lübeck, July 3, 1789. Fascinated by drawing, tested the effects of Tishbeyna V. and F. O. Runge. In 1806−1809 he studied at the Vienna Academy of fine arts. In 1809, along with his friend F. Prorram founded the group «time Nazarene works» («Brotherhood of St. Luke»), subsequently performing the role of its spiritual leader. From 1810 he lived and worked in Rome. In 1813 he converted to Catholicism. Was on friendly terms with Alexander Ivanov, who valued his advice.

Was a gifted portraitist, and in this area are prone to historical stylization. Among his later works — a series of paintings of the Seven sacraments (1857−1862) and software painting the Triumph of religion in art (1830−1840, Städel art Institute, Frankfurt am main), was written based on the Raphael frescoes of the Dispute and the school of Athens (Vatican, Stanza della senyatura).

Overbeck died in Rome on 12 November 1869.

Friedrich Overbeck was born in a family of lübeck lawyers. Father Friedrich Christian Adolph Overbeck in addition to legal activities was a Canon, met in the city Senate, he held the position of mayor and wrote poetry.

From 1804 to 1806 Overbeck he studied painting with Josef Nikolaus Peru. In 1806−1810. he studied at the Vienna Academy of fine arts. In 1810 Overbeck, dissatisfied with the prevailing academic training in classicism, dropped out and together with Franz Prorram and Ludwig Vogel went to Rome.

Back in Vienna in 1809, Overbeck and his friends created on the model of the medieval Guild of St. Luke «Luke Union» — a creative Association of artists who devoted themselves to the Christian renewal of art through the prism of a new reading of the old Italian and German art. Acceded to the Union Philipp Feit and Peter von Cornelius. In April 1813 Overbeck converted to Catholicism. Initially, artists were called «time Nazarene works» ironically because of their hairstyles, but later this name is widely established as the destination for art. The group received recognition in 1816−17. by painting the House Bartholdi, the residence of the Prussian Ambassador Jakob Ludwig Salomon Bartholdy. In the work on the frescoes of the legend of Joseph was engaged Overbeck, Cornelius, faith and Wilhelm von Schadow (currently stored in the Old national gallery in Berlin). In 1817−18. Overbeck, Cornelius, faith and Julius shnorr fon Karol’sfel’d participated in the decoration of the Villa Massimo. In 1826 Overbeck rejected the proposal of Bavarian king Ludwig I to lead the Munich Academy of arts, and a similar proposal coming from Dusseldorf. In 1829, Overbeck declined the offer to become Director of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am main. A deeply religious man, perceived by many friends and disciples of the first Patriarch, Overbeck until the end of his life remained true to the conservative ideals of his youth despite the fact that the religious paintings of the late-time Nazarene works have long been lost amid late romanticism and realism. His importance in Church circles says a personal visit of Pope Pius IX in the house of Overbeck in Rome. Son of Overbeck, the Roman sculptor Karl Hoffmann created the epitaph Overbeck in the Church of Rome is San Bernardo.

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Creative work is something personal, even intimate. However, in art history, there were quite a number of instances when artists did not only work in co-operation, but lived side by side. Arthive will give an overview of some European art colonies where painters and sculptors admired beautiful landscapes, drank, debated, and in the meantime, created masterpieces, styles, and artistic movements.

Evgeniya Khapalova
, 31 August 2017 09:02 PM 3
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Как я мало знаю. Благодарю за интересную, простую и доступным языком написана, а картины подтверждают и закрепляют прочитанное. Ещё раз спасибо.
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, 18 October 08:10 AM 2
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Спасибо огромное!! Я вот уже в течении многих десятилетий, большой поклонник Утрилло... Очень приятно видеть довольно большую подборку его картин ... "В живую" они производят огромное впечатление!! ....
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Johann Friedrich Overbeck. Self-portrait
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Johann Friedrich Overbeck. Mary and Elizabeth with the infants Jesus and John
Mary and Elizabeth with the infants Jesus and John
101×146 cm
Johann Friedrich Overbeck. Italy and Germany
Italy and Germany
104×94 cm
Johann Friedrich Overbeck. Standing Nude sitter profile
Standing Nude sitter profile
13×27 cm
Johann Friedrich Overbeck. Sitting Nude
Sitting Nude
1808, 39×32 cm
Johann Friedrich Overbeck. Standing Nude sitter, the figure from the back
Standing Nude sitter, the figure from the back
1809, 39×57 cm
Johann Friedrich Overbeck. The Artist Franz Pforr
The Artist Franz Pforr
1810, 47×62 cm
Johann Friedrich Overbeck. Autoportret with his wife and son Alfons
Autoportret with his wife and son Alfons
1820, 37×46 cm
Johann Friedrich Overbeck. Study of drapery
Study of drapery
17×24 cm
Johann Friedrich Overbeck. The healing of the paralytic
The healing of the paralytic
1868, 42×31 cm
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