Empire half-portrait

Nr. 2503 | 1.300,-- Euro
Empire half-portrait
Boy portrait
Empire Rahmen
Empire Rahmen
Empire Porträt Junge
Empire Porträt Junge

half portrait
of a boy

German around 1800 Strikingly beautiful Empire frame, carved and partially gilded.

Height: 45 cm | Width: 38cm No. 2503

Price: € 1.300

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Empire half-portrait

During the Empire era, which unfolded in the early 19th century, child portraiture held a distinct place in the artistic landscape. The Empire style, characterized by its grandeur and neoclassical influences, influenced the depiction of children in portraiture in several ways:

Classical Influences: Empire-style child portraits often drew inspiration from classical art. Mostly featuring poses reminiscent of ancient statuary and a sense of classical idealism.

Elegant Attire:
Children in Empire portraits were often dressed in elaborate and fashionable clothing, reflecting the opulence and formality of the era.

Formality and Grandeur:
Unlike the intimate and domestic settings of Biedermeier art, Empire child portraits were more likely to be set in grandiose surroundings. Emphasizing the importance of the child within a noble or aristocratic context.

Symbolism and Allegory: Empire artists sometimes employed symbolic elements and allegorical themes in child portraiture to convey messages related to family, heritage, or the aspirations of the social class.

Attention to Detail: Empire artists paid meticulous attention to details in their portraits, capturing the intricacies of clothing, accessories, and facial expressions with a high level of precision.

Celebration of Line and Form: The Empire style, with its neoclassical roots, celebrated clean lines and well-defined forms. This aesthetic was reflected in the portrayal of children, emphasizing their youthful grace and beauty.

Prominent artists of the Empire era, like Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, produced child portraits that embodied these characteristics. The Empire period’s emphasis on classical ideals and its connection to the Napoleonic era contributed to the unique style and themes found in child portraiture during this time.

This beautiful picture has a little sister to couple with.

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