“Italy and Germany”, Friedrich Overbek – overview of the painting

“Italy and Germany”, Friedrich Overbek – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Friedrich Overbek
  • Museum: Pinacotka, Munich
  • Year: After 1828

Overview of the painting :

Italy and Germany – Friedrich Overbek. After 1828. Oil on canvas. 95×105

   Friedrich Overbek is a German artist, the leader of the “Nazareans” (a group called from the Jewish sect of Nazareth, famous for its righteousness).

   The presented work is an author’s copy of the original, written in Rome between 1811 and 1828 and stored in Munich in the New Pinacothek. The impetus for writing a picture with this plot was another creation – the allegorical canvas of a friend of Overbek, also the “nazarea”, early deceased (at 24) by Franz Pforr “Sulamif and Maria”.

   But if Pforr shares the worlds of Sulamifi and Maria, then Overbek worlds of Italy and Germany – in the form of allegorical female figures of these countries – unites in a sisterly way. Women look at each other with trust and tenderness. At the same time, each has a certain monumentality, symbolizing the equivalent roles of countries in the history of mankind. The hand gesture of both figures, the interweaving of their fingers, attracts attention. So expressively combining them was a special concern of the artist when he wrote the canvas.