The Coronation of Charlemagne, 1840

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

1794 Leipzig - 1872 Dresden

The Coronation of Charlemagne, 1840

Watercolor over pen in black ink and graphite
51 x 61 cm
Signed lower middle: "Schnorr"

Architectural details most likely drawn by Simon Quaglio.

A final draft with watercolor of the composition commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria which, together with scenes from the lives of Frederick Barbarossa and Rudolf of Habsburg , constituted a decorative scheme executed in fresco 1835-43 adorning the "Kaisersäle" in the principal wing of the Munich Residenz designed by Leo von Klenze. Our drawing is a precious document for the appearance of the fresco, lost with all the others in the bombing of World War II.

The first draft in the Getty Museum is reproduced in Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld - Zeichnungen, exh. cat. Landesmuseum Mainz, with contributions by S. Seeliger, H. Sieveking and N. Suhr, Munich 1994, no. 42, p. 117.