Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873): portraiture in the age of social change
AffiliationSchool of Culture and Communication
Document TypePhD thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2016 Dr. Eugene Arnold Barilo von Reisberg
For nearly four decades, from the early 1830s to the early 1870s, Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) was one of the most popular and renowned elite portrait specialists, who enjoyed the patronage of royalty, aristocracy and the bourgeoisie. The thesis aims to demonstrate that, firstly, the artist’s success and popularity among the highest echelons of society were contingent upon his professional abilities and bold innovations in portraiture which distinguished the artist among the portrait painters of his era. Secondly, the thesis reassesses Winterhalter’s portraits as visual documents in order to argue that their iconographic narratives encapsulate social changes of the nineteenth century.
KeywordsWinterhalter; portraiture; portrait; painting; nineteenth century; art; royalty; nobility; middle classes; high society; Germany; German art; France; French art
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