The Entrance of Charlemagne into Pavia

Artist: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (German, Leipzig 1794–1872 Dresden)

Date: 1840

Medium: Black chalk, graphite, brown watercolor washes, red chalk, red chalk washes. Squared for transfer in graphite with numerical indications of vertical divisions at the lower edge.

Dimensions: sheet: 18 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. (46.3 x 65.4 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Purchase, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation Gift, 2003

Accession Number: 2003.85


Schnorr von Carolsfeld was a leading member of the Nazarenes, a group of Northern artists who favored biblical and erudite literary themes and adopted a clear, linear manner reminiscent of that of their Renaissance idols. This large, highly finished sheet was a study for a wall painting in the Munich Residenz, destroyed in World War II. The subject is the military victory of Charles the Great over the Lombards in 774.