Frans van Stampart (Antwerp 1675 - Vienna 1750)
Portrait of Joseph I of Habsburg as a Child (Vienna 1678 - Vienna 1711), future Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 1705 until his death, as well as King of Hungary and Bohemia and Archduke of Austria, nicknamed the ''Sun King of Germany''
oil on canvas
97 x 76 cm - with lacquered frame 107 x 86 cm.
Our gallery presents you with this fascinating portrait of Emperor Joseph I of Habsburg (Vienna 1678 - 1711), immortalised at a young age in his ceremonial attire, probably a few years before his coronation, already bearing the regal attributes that would distinguish him, including the celebrated crown of the Holy Roman Empire, first worn by Charlemagne.
Joseph was crowned King of Hungary when he was just nine years old, at the behest of his father Leopold I, who judged him to be an intelligent boy of versatile talent. In 1705, he succeeded him as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
The work can be attributed to the Flemish-born artist Frans van Stampart (Antwerp 1675 - Vienna 1750), famous as one of the official portrait painters at the imperial court in Vienna, in particular at the court of Emperor Leopold I and later of his son, Joseph I of Habsburg, whom he portrayed on numerous occasions: the most famous work is undoubtedly the large canvas in the collection of the Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung in Munich.
He retained his position at court also under the successive sovereigns, Charles VI and Maria Theresa, gaining a certain reputation as a portraitist of the elite: his subjects were members of the imperial family of Vienna and other royal families, German, Austrian and English nobility and high prelates.
His works can now be found in the museums of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans and in German and Austrian castles including Drosendorf, Greillenstein, Pommersfelden and Schloss Rastatt.
Returning to our portrait, the young ruler here wears the collar of the knightly Order of the Golden Fleece, formed of gold acciarins and gems from which symbolic sparks emanate, and bearing on its underside the figure of a ram's skin (the 'tosone', properly speaking the golden fleece, an allusion to the prodigious golden fleece of Greek mythology).
Behind it we can admire the octagonal-shaped crown of the Holy Roman Empire, with the cross continuing in an arc, alluding to the alliance between God and man. On the front is one of eight plates, made of gold and studded with pearls and precious stones, while the one next to it shows an image of the wise king Solomon.
The work is in good condition.
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