Von Lenbach, Franz Seraph (1836-1904)

Von Lenbach, Franz Seraph (1836-1904)

Franz Seraph Von Lenbach was a German artist that was primarily known for his fine portraits. During the early part of his career, he lived and worked in Rome where he was commissioned to make copies of works by the Old Masters. This experience of working closely alongside some of the finest works in Italy certainly influenced his style going forward.

From around 1860, he was based in Munich where he became a close friend of the German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, who sat for him on numerous occasions. Other sitters included Ludwig, King of Bavaria, and Pope Leo XIII - along with William Gladstone, the British Prime Minister.

Von Lenbach’s portraits are held in high regard. They’re often reminiscent of the Baroque period - particularly Rembrandt - and usually convey soul and movement.

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