The Story of Franz Ittenbach’s Famous Painting of St Anne with the Child Mary. Feast of the Holy Name of Mary. September 12th.
Nazerene artist, Franz Ittenbach (1813-1879), is renowned for his many beautiful religious artworks. His particular and singular excellence is difficult, nearly impossible, to match. You can find his paintings displayed at art museums and churches. I've had the privilege to view several.
Ittenbach's painting of the Child Mary, below, was recently sold at auction.
To his credit, Ittenbach "was exceedingly religious and persistently declined any commissions for mythological or pagan subjects. As a rule, he devoted his energies exclusively to church decoration. He would precede the execution of his greatest works with devout religious exercises, including confession and communion." His delicate and thoughtful constructions speak lovingly.
At least one of his commissions, the painting of St Anne and the Child Mary, comes with a remarkable story and I have posted it below and along with photographs of an intricately, hand carved and painted statue that was based on Ittenbach's original painting of the pair.
I haven't been able to locate an image of this painting online and am wondering whether it might have been lost during a war, in a church or now held privately.
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